Ivy League To Playoffs?


Ivy League To Playoffs?

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A few interesting articles... 
Why the Ivy League might finally be ready to compete in the playoffs 
Time for Ivy League to Consider Playoff Football?
Princeton was undefeated this year and Harvard in 2014 but neither had chance to win a national title.

Maybe this will open the door for IVY and PFL to form a challenge series in December. If the champs go to playoffs, 3-4 games could be played vs. non-champs at neutral sites. Many MLS stadiums are sitting unused in warm weather climates. The Ivy has relationship with NBC Sports and ESPN Events is always searching for added events to buy.

Dignity Health Sports Park (StubHub Center), Carson, CA, Capacity 30,000 - 27 miles from Disneyland, 23 miles from Hollywood
Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, FL, Capacity 25,500 - 17 miles from Disney World, 24 miles from SeaWorld, 8 miles from Universal
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX, Capacity 22,039 - 7 miles from Museum District, 25 miles from Houston Space Center
AVAYA Stadium, San Jose, CA, Capacity 18,000 - 6 miles from San Pedro Square Market, 50 miles from San Francisco

Use historical names (Freedom, Tangerine, Bluebonnet, Raisin) or create new ones - the sites and games would be a reward for good teams not making the playoffs. 



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They added a 4 team tournament for basketball in the last couple of years with great success. Football should be next.
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We like this idea more than they do.



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Ivy League director: No postseason in sight


http://www.fcs.football/cfb/story.asp?i=20190815123915385644904

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(Ivy League director) said the league has had internal discussion about a bowl-type game, but added, "The issue becomes who would our champion play, with other teams committed to other postseason opportunities."



In other words, the Ivies wouldn't want a bowl game against another league's second-place team.

I'd like to see the Pioneer take the Ivy leaguers to task on this.  The presidents should have PFL commissioner Viverito make a public statement that the PFL will give up its automatic playoff bid if a bowl can be set up v. the Ivy League champion.  We would find out quickly if they are bluffing.

D-I football tradition is bowl games, not playoffs.  The caravan of lower division schools that rushed into D-I for March Madness glory were used to football playoffs.  But playoffs aren't appealing to the Ivy League, and they shouldn't be what the PFL wants.  A bowl would determine the best team in nonscholarship football.  Give ourselves some chance of a postseason in which D finishes with a win.





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Against the wishes of the NCAA, California now will allow college athletes to collect endorsement money.

https://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/27735933/california-defies-ncaa-gov-gavin-newsom-signs-law-fair-pay-play-act

The NCAA has threatened to bar California schools from national championship competition, regardless of what payments individual schools allow or don't allow. That would presumably include the University of San Diego in FCS playoffs.  

If a Pioneer champion USD team can't go to the playoffs, I guess the PFL would give its automatic bid to the #2 team.  A bowl v. the Ivy League champion would be a better choice.



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