Congress & The BCS

Spring football practice must be just about finished across the country, which means it must be time for the Congress to start yakking about a college football playoff and the Bowl Championship Series.

Today, a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will look at the BCS, hearing from the head of that alliance, along with the head of the Mountain West Conference.

Why the MWC?  They are home to the University of Utah, which went undefeated last year, capping their season with a thumping of the Crimson Tide of Alabama, leading many Utes to claim they were the national champs.

Unfortunately for them, the BCS champ was determined a few days later when the University of Florida defeated the University of Oklahoma.

The Utes ended up #2 overall, but the sting of that led their supporters to demand a college football playoff, which then became a piece of legislation.

H. Res. 68, which has six backers in the House, has three main findings:

(1) rejects the BCS system as an illegal restraint of trade that violates the Sherman Anti-Trust Act;

(2) demands the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division investigate and bring appropriate action to have the BCS system declared illegal and require a playoff to determine a national champion; and

(3) supports the establishment of an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Championship playoff system in the interest of fairness and to bring parity to all NCAA teams.

I know, many of you are asking, with all of the problems we have, why, oh why is this being dealt with?

That is best left for you to comment on, eh?

Finally, here are the six lawmakers who have sponsored this legislation:

Rep. Neal Abercrombie (D-Hawaii)
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas)
Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah)
Rep. Gary Miller (R-California)
Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Georgia)

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