June 14, 2012 - Thinking beyond the payoff from a playoff

The Chicago Tribune published this opinion by Knight Commission co-chairs, William "Brit" Kirwan and R. Gerald Turner, on June 14, 2012:

"Major change is on its way to big-time college football after years of debate among fans, sports media, Congress and even President Barack Obama about how the sport crowns its national champion. The conference commissioners, campus leaders and television executives who control the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision appear to be on track to create a playoff to determine a national champion starting with the 2014 season.

The debate has now turned to the obvious issues: how many games will be played, how teams will be chosen and whether current bowl games will survive the transition from the Bowl Championship Series to the new playoff system.

Far less attention has been paid to a much more significant question. How will revenue from the football playoff be distributed, and can it be used to reclaim some of the integrity lost by college sports in recent years?

The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, an independent organization of leaders in higher education and other fields, believes it can.


For more of the complete opinion published in the Chicago Tribuneclick here.