More or just more of the same? A closer look at the NCAA Division II football playoff expansion
In 2004, the NCAA expanded from a 16-to a 24-team playoff format for Division II football. However, many institutions out there felt as though this was not enough. One Rocky Mountain Conference Chancellor summed it up best when he said, "At some point the question is not 'Do I reduce scholarships' but 'Do I do this anymore'!" To combat this conflict, Division II football has had three different task forces established since 2001 to examine competitive balance and the playoff structure. Yet, no one has examined what changes, if any, occurred from the format change in 2004. This study compares the three years pre-and post-expansion and examines what effect expansion had on the financial makeup of schools that qualified for postseason play and compares them to the overall means of all Division II (with football) colleges and universities to analyze the extent to which expansion has worked.
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