Back in February I asked the NCAA to stop the madness.
Apparently they heard me.
The NCAA Division I Council announced this week a three-year reprieve on new bowl games. The move is a smart one considering a trio of 5-7 squads were needed last season to fulfill the ridiculous 82 slots required for 41 postseason matchups.
The move ensures college football fans won't see any new bowl games until after the 2019 regular season.
NCAA bans creation of new bowl games for next 3 years https://t.co/l18cjjRxtJ
— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) April 11, 2016
In the meantime, the move affects Austin, Texas, and both Myrtle Beach and Charleston, South Carolina – all of whom were seeking bowl bids for the 2016 season.
This isn't the first time the NCAA has put a halt to adding bowl games to the winter schedule. A three-year ban was established back in 2011, but when the ban was over, six new bowl games were announced along with the College Football Playoff. This massive influx of postseason games resulted in 63 percent of FBS schools earning bowl births last year.
Although the moratorium ensures no more bowl games will be added for three years, the NCAA could still find itself in the same predicament over the next few years that it was in last season: needing to dip down into the 5-7 ranks to fill all the bowl slots, resulting in subpar matchups and poor attendance.
The average attendance at the Bowl Games I've seen thus far on TV has to be less than 25%
— Chris Law (@ChrisLaw) December 26, 2015