Associate Professor of Economics at Missouri University of Science and Technology
Con to the question "Should College Football Replace the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) with a Playoff System?"
"College football decides its champion in a unique way that has become somewhat controversial because every other major sport in America uses a playoff. Over time, the sizes of those playoff systems have expanded...
As you increase the number of teams in the playoffs, you increase the likelihood that the best team will not win, since they will face more chances to be upset by an inferior team... Realistically, it is unlikely that the bracket would remain small... Look at the bloated NCAA basketball playoffs... Over the decades, they all suffered playoff creep so severe that the regular season is now little more than a pre-season...
The consequence is that regular season records will not matter... In other words, every game in the regular season will be not only less important than it is now, but unimportant. There is no question that a playoff would reduce the importance of the regular season."
Cowritten with Tim Kane, PhD, "Would a College Football Playoff Be Fair?," RealClearSports.com, Nov. 12, 2009
Experts Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to sports policy. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to college football legislation.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Associate Professor of Economics, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2008-present
Assistant Professor of Economics, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2002-2008
Lecturer, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2001
Teaching Assistant, University of California at San Diego, 1996-2000
Research Assistant, University of California at San Diego, 1997
PhD, Economics, University of California at San Diego, 2001
MA, Economics, University of California at San Diego, 1999
BS, Mathematics, College of William and Mary, 1995