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from the NY Times….
After all the controversy surrounding the much-derided Bowl Championship Series, after the annual debates about which teams deserved to play in the national title game, a four-team playoff will be implemented in the 2014 season.
The four semifinalists will be selected by a committee, much as the field forN.C.A.A. basketball tournament is set. No conference will automatically qualify one of its teams.
The two semifinal games will be rotated among six bowl sites over a 12-year period, and will be played Dec. 31 or Jan. 1. Those bowls have not been selected.
The championship game will be held at a neutral site, and cities will have the opportunity to bid to host the event. The game will be played on the first Monday in January, unless it falls on Jan. 1.
“It will be much like the Super Bowl,” said Jim Delany, the Big Ten commissioner. “You’ll be dealing with civic communities, and I think it’ll be a national process and people have to be very energetic about it. I think it’s going to be great for the sport.”
The B.C.S. Presidential Oversight Committee’s approval of the plan, which was proposed by the commissioners of the B.C.S. conferences, ended a six-month period that was filled with meetings, proposals and seemingly more questions than answers.
“Where we’ve arrived, I think, is a consensus built on compromise,” said John Swofford, the commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference….Share on Facebook