Obama On A College Playoff: Picking His Battles
CNBC Sports Business Reporter
President-elect Barack Obama got plenty of buzz when he talked about his want for a college playoff.
Obama was asked last night by CNBC's John Harwood, at the end of an extensive interview what he thought about Utah's claim for a national championship, given that they are the only undefeated team.
"I think Utah has a pretty good claim," Obama told Harwood. "They're undefeated. I think USC, which had a great Rose Bowl, beat Penn State pretty badly. They've got a pretty good claim to being number one. Florida and Oklahoma, both have a claim. Texas, at this point, has got to feel like, 'Well, we did OK, too.'
"I think a football playoff makes sense. I've spoken about this quite a bit, and I think if you look at knowledgeable sports fans, they agree with me. But, you know, I've got to pick and choose my battles. I probably am going to be spending more time focusing on creating three million more jobs."
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Meanwhile, speaking of the BCS National Championship Game tonight, eBay's Stubhub is reporting that the average ticket price on its Web site is $684 a seat. Compare that with last year's game, which averaged $1,362 a seat and the year before, which hit $1,329 a seat. In this economy, you are going to see tons of bargains like this. If you want to go to a game in 2009, it's going to be the cheapest ever.
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