Senate reviewing how college football picks No. 1
WASHINGTON (AP) - Everyone from President Barack Obama on down to fans has criticized how college football determines its top team. Now senators are getting off the sidelines to examine antitrust issues involving the Bowl Champion Series.
The current system "leaves nearly half of all the teams in college football at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to qualifying for the millions of dollars paid out every year," the Senate Judiciary's subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights said in a statement Wednesday announcing the hearings.
Under the BCS, some conferences get automatic bids to participate in series, while others do not.
Obama and some members of Congress favor a playoff-type system to determine the national champion. The BCS features a championship game between the two top teams in the BCS standings, based on two polls and six computer ratings.
Behind the push for the hearings is the subcommittee's top Republican, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. People there were furious that Utah was bypassed for the national championship despite going undefeated in the regular season.
The title game pitted No. 1 Florida (12-1) against No. 2 Oklahoma (12-1); Florida won 24-14 and claimed the title.
The subcommittee's statement said Hatch would introduce legislation "to rectify this situation." No details were offered and Hatch's office declined to provide any.
Hatch said in a statement that the BCS system "has proven itself to be inadequate, not only for those of us who are fans of college football, but for anyone who believes that competition and fair play should have a role in collegiate sports."
In the House, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, has sponsored legislation that would prevent the NCAA from calling a football game a "national championship" unless the game culminates from a playoff system.
Now, I love college football and actually I agree with a lot of the arguments here. I am a big fan of a playoff and I do think that smaller schools and smaller conferences get screwed in the process. The question though is; Is this really worth literally making a federal case out of it?
We are heading into real dangerous territory here folks in that Congressmen are moving more and more towards government control of, well, everything. It would be real easy to rail against liberals, I now I do it all of the time, but this is not just a conservative v liberal issue. More often than not it is liberals pushing things like this and they do tend to push harder but take note that it is a Republican proposing this legislation.
I know this is a small issue and I am not being a paranoid conspiracy theorists but at some point we need to put the brakes on these types of things.