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Money talks

So now we have the definitive proof of what we all pretty much knew anyway, which is that the BCS is nothing but a naked cash grab.

After years of claiming that no one wanted a playoff in college football, the power conferences who established the BCS monopoly as a way to lock up the lion's share of the bowl money have decided that a four-team playoff might not be a bad idea, after all.

The reason?

The bottom line, of course.

TV ratings for the BCS' manufactured national championship game tanked big time this year, and, hey, guess what? Suddenly the BCS honchos are open to new ideas. Surprise, surprise.

As someone who for years has been saying the only way to shatter the BCS was to hit it in the wallet, I feel vindicated. And so should all of you who changed the channel Jan. 8 on Alabama-LSU.

Take a bow, folks. A four-team playoff isn't the perfect solution, but the fact that the BCS is just thinking about it is a huge step in the right direction. And you made it happen.

Ben Smith's blog.