Why so many Bowl games?

Tis "Bowl Season", which to those who don't follow college football means there are 35 post-season games scheduled among the 120 "FBS" teams (aka "the big schools"), 7 of which have already been played. 28 to go.

Some quick math reveals a fact not lost among the snarkiest of commentators:  that means that 70 of the 120 teams - well over half - will participate in what used to be considered an elite honor, back in the days when all of the Bowl games could be watched on TV without overlap on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, and no risk of interfering with regular programming or, heaven forbid, a professional sports event.

Many people ask:  Why are there so many Bowl games now? Do we really need them all?

The answer to the first question is fairly simple:  supply and demand. Fans like watching their game on TV (demand), especially their local teams, and hate to see the season end, especially if their team had a good season. Sponsors are willing to pay advertising dollars to get the games on TV (supply). In the currently very healthy college football market, supply meets demand very efficiently.

So, do we need them?

Critics point out that the system enables teams with mediocre season records (say, 6 wins and 6 losses) to play in a "Bowl" game and even win a championship trophy. It demeans the value of Bowl games, they say.

Advocates reply:  what's wrong with giving a team a chance to redeem itself with a final win against a team that is at least better than average (theoretically) and a trophy to show for it? Besides, it helps build excitement for the final Big Game.

Seems to us that having more chances to win Championships, with trophies and bragging rights to show for it, helps build teams.

Can't see how that could be a bad thing.






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