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Congress To Take On The BCS

by @ 5:08 pm on May 1, 2009. Filed under College Sports, Politics, Sports

Apparently, they’ve solved every other problem on the planet:

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress are interested in learning more about the Bowl Championship Series and whether it is a fair way of choosing a college football champion.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s commerce, trade and consumer protection subcommittee is holding a hearing Friday to delve into how revenue generated by the series is distributed, and the impact that may have on some colleges.

“We will be asking some pretty tough questions about financing,” said Texas Rep. Joe Barton, the committee’s top Republican and sponsor of legislation aimed at prodding college football to change to a playoff system.

Expected to testify are BCS coordinator John Swofford, along with officials from the Football Bowl Association, the Mountain West Conference, and the Boise State athletic director.


The Mountain West Conference, which does not get an automatic bid, has proposed a playoff system and hired a Washington firm to lobby Congress for changes to the BCS. MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson is scheduled to testify Friday on behalf of the conference.

Let me see if I can make this clear…… Congress has no business getting involved in deciding how College Football picks it’s national champion.

Any questions ?

H/T: Jason Pye

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