Potential neutral sites for the BCS playoffs
April, 25, 2012
By DJ Gallo | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Charles DharapakBall carriers won't be as likely to seek the protection of the sidelines aboard the USS Carl Vinson.FBS conference commissioners are reportedly getting closer to approving a four-team playoff system for determining the sport's national champion. Why they would give up their uniquely terrible current system to become like every other sport in the world by having an exciting playoff system is unclear. One primary obstacle remains: the location of neutral-site games.
Here are some neutral sites the FBS commissioners should consider:
Cowboys Stadium -- Cowboys Stadium is one of the premier sports venues in the world, and it isn't the home to any college football team, so it meets the neutral requirement. Fans have been clamoring for college football playoffs, and the ticket demand will be huge. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is the only stadium operator in the nation willing to sell far more tickets than are actually available.
Any Big East stadium -- The Big East is the only conference with BCS-quality stadiums that will never put a team in the playoffs, so there's no concern about losing neutrality.
Flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson -- the North Carolina-Michigan State college basketball opener played on the USS Carl Vinson in November was a huge success. Why not put college football playoff games on the ship? It would guarantee hard-hitting affairs, as no player will want to risk running out of bounds into the ocean.
A sandlot -- What is a sandlot? I'm not really sure. But apparently in the old-timey days, sports were played on these things all the time. Putting the college football playoffs in a sandlot would take the sport back to its roots, similar to what the NHL does with its wildly popular Winter Classic.
An outdoor ice rink -- Why not just completely co-opt the NHL's Winter Classic idea? Putting players on ice might be other conferences' only hope of slowing down the SEC.
Switzerland -- You can't find a more neutral site than Switzerland. Plus, the country has a reputation of being a safe haven for criminals. That will be attractive for many coaches.