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Is selling the national championship to the highest bidder best for college football?

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The college football national championship could be coming to your city — for the right price.

A new wrinkle in the already not-so-ironed out potential playoff scenario would sell the national championship game to the highest-bidding city. That means Greenwich, Conn., one of the nation's wealthiest cities, has a chance (as long as it has an indoor stadium).

Both Matt Hayes of the Sporting News and Brett McMurphy of CBS Sports reported that the national championship venue will be separate from the semifinal venues and that the cities, not the venues, would be bidding for the rights for the game, much like the Olympics or World Cup or even the Super Bowl.

This is truly the next financial progression for college football and could net an unprecedented windfall for the conferences in the national championship and college football as a whole.

But there's a part of me that hates seeing college football being sold to the highest bidder. I feel like having the national championship in Dallas simply because Jerry Jones was the highest bidder would take away some of the history of the game.

I think we're all used to the game rotating around to the various BCS bowl sites and several of those sites have quite a bit of history. It's hard to watch that disappear for financial gain, especially — and Steve Spurrier would back me on this — when the student-athletes aren't reaping any of those financial benefits.

But that's a discussion for another time.

I do find it funny that when the college football commissioners and Notre Dame started talking about a college football playoff, some were adamant about not wanting a NFL-like scenario where a 9-6 team wins it all, yet now they want the final destination to be just like the Super Bowl.

Am I wrong in my feelings about giving the national championship to the highest bidder or is this the right thing for college football? The further we go along this path to change college football, the more it becomes about the money and less about the games, teams and athletes.

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