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The More Teams, the Better

Updated on September 19, 2020
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An eight-team playoff format is better for fans, teams, and players.

A hot topic in NCAA sports circles is whether or not the NCAA division 1 college football should feature an eight-team playoff format instead of the four-team format that has existed for ages.

Traditionally, the NCAA limits the playoffs to just four highest ranked teams selected by the College football playoff committee. While college football fans seem content with the traditional four-team playoff format, the NCAA can improve the fans experience by including eight teams in the playoffs. Also, it will indirectly improve the selection of professional football players and will directly enhance the performance of college football players.

The playoffs are the most exciting part of any college or professional sports season. Extending the playoffs in college football and allowing more teams to compete will undoubtedly enhance the fan’s experience. With extended playoffs, more fans can route for their alma mater in the playoffs with the eight-team playoff format as opposed to the traditional four-team playoff format. This means more revenues for teams and sports media outlets.

Moreover, with more teams making the playoffs, players and teams will likely compete harder during the regular season because they know they have a chance at making the playoffs. ‘

An extended playoff format also gives professional scouts more of an opportunity to see how players perform in the playoffs when winning really counts. This will help better rank draft picks and allow professional teams to get the right college players to join their organizations.

However, selecting the eight teams will prove difficult. The NCAA could stick with the committee ranking and selecting the best eight teams to have college football playoff spots. Like in most sports, the four highest rank teams would get homecourt advantage in the playoffs. This allows for keeping some of the traditional elements of the four-team college football playoff format.

Making the College Football playoff format to include eight teams instead of four teams will be beneficial to fans, players, coaches, and professional football teams.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Michael Mannen

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