POLL QUESTION – JUNE 27
By ISM Staff & Contributors

SHOULD THE NCAA INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TEAMS IN THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF OR KEEP IT AT 4?

Not a good week for the NCAA but a great week for Its Sports Magazine.  After the recent Supreme Court decision, how could we not have this as our next poll question.

SHOULD THE NCAA INCREASE THE NUMBER OF TEAMS IN THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF OR KEEP IT AT 4?

Below are the opinions of our staff and contributors.  Enjoy.

JOHN LENTZ – KSP NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL ANALYSIS
Go to 8.

DAVID ALEXANDER – KSP AFC WEST CORRESPONDENT
I’m sorry — I can’t hear you over the cash registers ringing!!!  It was just a matter of time before this happened.  There’s too much pressure from the networks who are willing to shell out billions of dollars to make this happen.  I guess I missed the “undue burden on the student athletes by adding extra games” part of the debate.  What a coincidence to have the Supreme Court decision come down this week!  My bet is this happens sooner rather than later.
ADAM SZNAPSTAJLER – ISM COLUMNIST
Yes, absolutely. There is such an easy solution too. Expand it to 8 teams and have the winner of the Power 5 conferences plus 3 wild card teams. Not only does this expand the playoffs but it also puts a tangible increase in the importance of a conference championship.
LEO HAGGERTY – ISM EDITOR
Let’s go all the way back, shall we?  Does everyone remember the BCS?  Let me refresh your memory if you don’t.  That’s where a conglomeration of polls, both human and computer generated, would choose the top two teams to play for the title of National Champion.  Well, there was a clamoring, most of the chatter coming from the media, that this wasn’t a fair system of determining the best team in college football and it needed to be changed.  Here was the dilemma, my loyal readers.  The NCAA didn’t want to give up the bowls which were putting hundreds of millions of dollars into their bank account.  So, they came up with the CFP which allowed the NCAA to expand to four teams while keeping the bowl system reasonable intact.  That kept the money spigot flowing but, let’s be honest here, that system was set up fail from the very beginning.  Why, you ask?  Five Power Five conferences playing for four spots.  That does not equate so the talk to expand has been going on for years but has reached a crescendo during the pandemic.  If they do expand the CFP before this contract runs out, two things will definitely have to happen.  First, to break the contract with the bowls, it is going to cost an exorbitant amount of money.  The bowls hold all the cards and will demand outlandish money to walk away before the contract has run it’s course.  Second, and here’s the big one, the NCAA will now have to pay the players especially the ones that are participating in an expanded CFP scenario especially since the recent Supreme Court ruling siding with the college athletes.  Don’t think for a minute that SCOUS is going to let the NCAA pocket all the cash and not give the players a piece of the pie.  It’s share the wealth time if the NCAA and the networks want this to happen, for sure.