Unbelievable: Obama and Congress wants to tell College Football how to run playoffs

This is too bizarre. Are they next going to start running other sports?

House lawmakers are gearing up for a vote as soon as next week on a bill aimed at forcing a national college-football playoff.

Approval of the legislation by an Energy and Commerce subcommittee would represent the most significant action yet by Congress in its oversight of college football. The plans for a markup next week – still tentative as of late Friday – appeared to signal growing congressional support for the idea, which President Barack Obama also backed during the 2008 campaign.

For the last decade or so, the process of picking a national champion has been run by the Bowl Championship Series, a group that began with six major college conferences and has since expanded somewhat. The BCS runs a complex ranking system that picks the two teams that play for the national championship each year.

Prior to the BCS, the national champion was effectively chosen by polls following year-end bowl games. The BCS was designed to eliminate some of the controversy that inevitably swirled around that process.

But the BCS system's congressional critics charge that the system frequently is unfair to college teams that aren't traditional powerhouses. . . .

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Blogger Nathan Benefield said...

Ordinarily, I'd agree with you, but the fact that I hate the BCS inspires me to note that as long as colleges are accepting tens of billions in federal aid, the federal government will involve themselves in any matter (educational or not) universities are engaged in.

12/06/2009 10:55 AM  
Blogger John Lott said...

I may not like the BCS either, but it hardly seems like government's role to set up the playoff schedules for different leagues. There is no reason to believe that government is going to get this determination correct compared to the schools in the league.

12/06/2009 4:48 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

BCS power conference school? The BCS is a "rich kid" country club. Just look at the Fiesta Bowl matchup this year TCU vs BOise to keep the BCS darlings from being embarrassed like Bama last year. The BCS is BS. Noone is denying the overall strength of the BCS conferences....but at the very top..no difference, Tcu, Utah, Boise State are elite programs that can play with anyone. Look what Utah did to Bama last year. The BCS is a cartel and needs to be broken up and a playoff system installed...but, as usual, it is all about the $$$$$$$$$...alumni...etc. Golden Rule....."He who has the gold makes the rules".

12/07/2009 10:13 AM  
Blogger Conservatarian said...


I have to disagree. It seems to me that it is wrong to reason from the wrong-headed giving and acceptance of government money that government has a right and reason to interfere with college sports (and entertainment).

Neither should happen. Get the federal government OUT of all aspects of post-high school education (and for that matter, all education).

12/07/2009 11:50 AM  
Blogger Nathan Benefield said...

I would whole-heartedly support getting the federal government out of higher education.

Perhaps the whole warped (taxpayer-funded)college football "championship" will be the impetus for doing just that.

12/07/2009 1:29 PM  

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