Auburn University canceled its faculty classes on Monday because of winter weather, and it also scrapped a series of viewing parties for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title match.
The Auburn Tigers are scheduled to take on the Oregon Ducks in college football’s national championship Monday night. The sport, which is hosted this year by Fiesta Bowl organizers, will be played at University Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Considered to be among the greatest nights for sport fans at universities and colleges throughout the U.S., the BCS title game will kick off at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time and air on ESPN.
According to USA Today, Auburn’s spring semester was set to commence on Monday before Alabama Governor Bob Riley announced a state of emergency following Sunday’s snow and ice storm. Many scholars who were hoping to watch the game with their friends on campus may be seeing from their homes, because school officials urged students to wait until it is “secure” before returning from winter break.
In addition, Riler canceled his visit to Glendale, Arizona the site of the BCS championsip since he did not want to leave Alabama while it was in a state of emergency.
On the opposite side of the nation, Oregon fans don’t have any weather to disrupt their viewing parties. The reported that about 6,000 Ducks fans will convene at the University of the Mac Court of Oregon to watch the match. Entry is free for the public and students, and audiences will have from which to select, four screens.
People who received their college education from Oregon are hosting viewing parties throughout the country. According to the media outlet, at least 53 occasions have been organized by alumni groups in 18 states.
Although most experts think that the best colleges in football are vying for the title Auburn and Orgeon are both undefeated the BCS system still faces criticism from fans who would like a playoff format. Many followers of football argue that BCS organizers are more interested than establishing a postseason format that is fan-friendly.
According to the Business Insider, the directors of the “non-profit” BCS bowls rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars for every match, and that’s why big-name colleges as opposed to small-conference schools are given the inside track to large contests, such as the Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls. The information provider recently reported that less than 2 percent of earnings from the 2010 BCS bowls have been donated to charity.
According to The New York Times, the Playoff Political Action Committee (PAC) has filed complaints with the Internal Revenue Service, claiming that Orange Bowl officials funded a Caribbean cruise for 40 athletic directors and conference commissioners. Moreover, Playoff PAC has accused officials of the Fiesta Bowl of making contributions to political campaigns, then failing to disclose the contributions on federal tax returns.
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