I'm a fan of Mark Cuban - the accessibility he gives to fans via email is something you can't find from most other billionaires and he's extremely passionate about his teams. And instead of sitting in the club boxes, he's down near the benches in the crowd.
So I'm not surprised that he's trying to get involved to end something many fans hate: the BCS.
Cuban has quite a simple plan to end the BCS. And it involves money ... lots of it:
"Put $500 million in the bank and go to all the schools and pay them money as an option," Cuban said. "Say, 'Look, I'm going to give you X amount every five years. In exchange, you say if you're picked for the playoff system, you'll go.' "
One way to push school presidents toward approving the idea would be to lobby major donors of college athletic programs, Cuban said. He suggested convincing the donors to cut off their donations until their presidents approved a playoff system.
Cuban goes on to say that he'd rather do something like this than own a baseball team. He's been linked to trying to purchase the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers. He's also expressed passing interest in the Pittsburgh Pirates as he's a western Pennsylvania native, even though the owners say the club is not for sale.
At first glance, his idea sounds like it might have some credibility. The problem would likely be in deciding the amount of money each school gets. Obviously, you can't pay Middle Tennessee State the same amount as Florida as the Gators would be much more likely to get into the playoff. But still an intriguing idea.