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Matt Sanderson's PlayoffPAC Nominated for Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year

November 18, 2011, Sports Illustrated
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Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 6. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer.

In its basic unfairness, its willful exclusion of nearly half the teams in the country from playing for a national championship; in its cynical insistence that Every Game Counts, despite the fact that its existence ensures that, for many teams, when it comes to playing for a national title, No Game Counts, the Bowl Championship Series is a profoundly unsportsmanlike institution. In this humble scribe's opinion, college football succeeds in spite of it.

So it stands to reason that those who expose the hollow cant and hypocrisy of the BCS are advancing the cause of sportsmanship. It makes perfect sense, then, to bestow my Sportsmen of the Year award on Matt Sanderson and his band of big-brained, like-minded lawyers at the indispensible PlayoffPAC.

Sanderson, now 30, is a Washington, D.C.-based attorney at Caplin & Drysdale who "inherited my Mom's knack for getting people to do things for free." In the fall of 2009, he and five friends cofounded PlayoffPAC, "dedicated to establishing a competitive post-season championship for college football." Working on a bare bones budget -- they've raised roughly $15,000 in two years of existence -- and volunteering their time, this small group of gadflies has had an outsized effect on the national debate. Just ask John Junker.

Click here to read more about PlayoffPAC's achievements


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