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RESULTS: How do you like the new NCAA Division I rules?

The Question:

How do you like the new NCAA Division I football selection committee, playoff and Championship game?

48% - So far the new system is better than the old one.
0% - I prefer the old one.
26% - I’m withholding judgment for now.
26% - Who cares? I can’t believe you asked this question.
Jim’s Comments:
As you likely know by now, college football has a new, three game playoff system to determine top NCAA Division I team.  Stakeholders from the NCAA and Division I schools decided that a committee of twelve, along with two of the classic bowl games and one extra championship game, would decide which school would earn the coveted title of Number One in college football.  So, since this is the time of year when even those who aren’t sports fans often watch bowl games, I thought it would be a good time to ask you about the new system.

The most interesting thing we learned wasn’t that almost half of you like the new system already, or that about a fourth of you are withholding judgment.  And when I provided the option to blow me away for asking such a question, I wasn’t surprised when one-in-four of you did. The thing I didn’t see coming was that not one of you said you would miss the old system.

On an associated note, if you’ve been following my New Year predictions you know I usually wrap them up with one concerning the end of the college football season.  And you also know that I can thank Oregon and Ohio State for making me one-for-two in my predictions so far.

RESULTS: Which July sporting event are you most interested in?

July has several overlapping major sporting events. Which one are you most interested in?
10% — Tour de France bike race
17% — Wimbledon tennis
10% — World Cup soccer/football
13% —  British Open golf
50% –None of the above

Jim’s Comments:

July is always a big month for global sports: Three sports, golf, tennis and bike racing, all conduct their pinnacle contest during July every year. And the year you add soccer’s World Cup four-year cycle to the mix, it can really test the time, attention and DVRs of even the most ardent of sports fans, like me.

I was surprised by two things in our poll this week. First, that viewers of the four sports are relatively evenly divided, and second, that almost half of our respondents are not interested in any of the sports. I voted for the British Open.  Our polling platform only allows five options, but I wanted six. The sixth choice would have been “All of the above,” which, much to my wife’s chagrin, is what I would have chosen.

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