Q: Would a playoff destroy the traditional bowls?
A: The tradition of certain conferences playing in specific bowls was compromised with the introduction of the BCS. With a playoff of at least 16 teams, there would be more bowls, more games, more advertising, more money for colleges (distributed fairly amongst all Division 1 teams and conferences). A big plus: playoff games would be meaningful and create much greater fan interest. Is “March Madness” fun?
Q: Are you proposing a Boycott?
A: The definition of Boycott is “A boycott is a form of consumer activism involving the act of voluntarily abstaining from dealing with a person, organization, or country as an expression of protest.” The word is often perceived as negative, so several people have asked that we not use the word. If you need a word, let’s call it a “Fancott”.
The difference is obligation. We are not obligated to buy the products of the advertisers; while the original “Boycott” was a tenant protest; and occurred even though tenants were obligated to pay rent.
In case you’re interested; The word is derived from the name of Captain Charles Boycott, the estate agent of an absentee landlord in Ireland. After a devastating crop failure in 1880, protesting tenants demanded a substantial reduction in their rents. Boycott was unrelenting, the tenants refused to pay rent and the London Daily news coined the word “Boycott” to describe everyone’s refusal to deal with Boycott.