Lawmakers Want Investigation of BCS

by Sean Hackbarth

Because it’s obvious Congress doesn’t have enough to do three lawmakers want an investigation of college football’s BCS:

Forget government corruption or corporate fraud. Three members of Congress want the Justice Department to investigate whether college football’s Bowl Championship Series is an illegal enterprise.

Reps. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga., and Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, are introducing a resolution rejecting the oft-criticized bowl system as an illegal restriction on trade because only the largest universities compete in most of the major bowl games. The resolution would require Justice’s antitrust division to investigate whether the system violates federal law.

The measure also would put Congress on record as supporting a college football playoff.

“Who elected these NCAA people? Who are they to decide who competes for the championship?” Abercrombie said at a press conference Thursday on Capitol Hill, gripping a souvenir University of Hawaii football.

Abercrombie said the matter is worthy of federal review because college football is big business with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.

“It’s money. That’s what this is all about,” he said.

Yes, and in the case of these busybodies it’s about throwing their political weight around.

In the case of Hawaii and Boise State these non-powerhouse schools got into the BCS. They just didn’t play for the national championship. Few college football follower seriously thought either team should do so. Looking back, the case could be make for Boise State with their upset of Oklahoma. Hawaii failed to prove they belonged by getting clobbered by Georgia.

If teams want to play in the BCS championship simply win all your regular season games and make sure you beat some good teams. Doing that is easier said than done.

“Lawmakers Want Probe of College Football Bowl System”

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2 Responses to “Lawmakers Want Investigation of BCS”

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Congress Condemns BCS…

Three Members of Congress are claiming that the NCAA Bowl Championship Series is illegal and demanding a playoff.
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[...] Now, granted, these are just three comparatively minor Members and this will likely go nowhere. Still, this is asinine. As Sean Hackbarth points out, Congress has more important matters on its plate. [...]

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