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Congress taking control of College Football?
Friday, May 01, 2009 5:18 PM on j-body.org
Times like these, you just have to stand in awe of the douchebaggery that goes on in the Government.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=ap-bcschampionship-congress&prov=ap&type=lgns

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WASHINGTON (AP)—Tackling an issue sure to rouse sports fans, lawmakers pressed college football officials Friday to switch the Bowl Championship Series to a playoff, with one Texas Republican likening the current system to communism and joking it should be labeled “BS,” not “BCS.”

John Swofford, the coordinator of the BCS, rejected the idea of switching to a playoff, telling a House panel that it would threaten the existence of celebrated bowl games. Sponsorships and TV revenue that now go to bowl games would instead be spent on playoff games, “meaning that it will be very difficult for any bowl, including the current BCS bowls, which are among the oldest and most established in the game’s history, to survive,” Swofford said.

Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, who has introduced legislation that would prevent the NCAA from calling a game a national championship unless it’s the outcome of a playoff, bluntly warned Swofford: “If we don’t see some action in the next two months, on a voluntary switch to a playoff system, then you will see this bill move.”
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After the hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee commerce, trade and consumer protection subcommittee, Swofford told reporters: “Any time Congress speaks, you take it seriously.”

Yet it is unclear whether lawmakers will try to legislate how college football picks its No. 1 before the first kickoff of the fall season. Congress is grappling with a crowded agenda of budgets, health care overhaul and climate change, and though President Barack Obama favors a playoff, he hasn’t made it a legislative priority.

College football’s multimillion-dollar television contract also could be an obstacle.

The BCS’s new four-year deal with ESPN, worth $125 million per year, begins with the 2011 bowl games. That deal was negotiated using the current BCS format. While ESPN has said it would not stand in the way if the BCS wanted to change, the new deal allows the BCS to put off making major changes until the 2014 season.

Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law expert at George Washington University, said the legislation could result in a court challenge.

“This is a rare effort by Congress to prevent people from using what is a common description of sporting events,” he said in a telephone interview. The legislation, he said, “may run afoul of the contractual agreements between parties, wiping out benefits that have already been paid for by companies.”

Barton, the top Republican on the committee, said at the hearing that efforts to tinker with the BCS were bound to fail.

“It’s like communism,” he said. “You can’t fix it.”

He quipped that the BCS should drop the “C” from its name because it doesn’t represent a true championship.

“Call it the ‘BS’ system,” he said to laughter.

The current system features a championship game between the two top teams in the BCS standings, based on two polls and six computer rankings.

Under the BCS, some conferences get automatic bids to participate while others do not. Conferences that get an automatic bid—the ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC—get about $18 million each, far more than the non-conference schools. Swofford is also commissioner of the ACC.

“How is this fair?” asked the subcommittee chairman, Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois, who has co-sponsored Barton’s bill. “How can we justify this system … are the big guys getting together and shutting out the little guys?”

“I think it is fair, because it represents the marketplace,” Swofford responded.

Craig Thompson, commissioner of the Mountain West Conference, which does not get an automatic bid, called the money distribution system “grossly inequitable.”

The MWC has proposed a playoff and hired a Washington firm to lobby Congress for changes to the BCS. The proposal calls for scrapping the BCS standings and creating a 12-member committee to pick which teams receive at-large bids, and to select and seed the eight teams chosen for the playoff. The BCS has previously discussed, and dismissed, the idea of using a selection committee.

The four current BCS games—the Sugar, Orange, Rose and Fiesta bowls— would host the four first-round playoff games under the proposal.

Valero Alamo Bowl chief executive Derrick Fox, representing the 34 members of the Football Bowl Association, said that a playoff “is rife with dangers for a system that has served collegiate athletics pretty well for 100 years.”

But Gene Bleymaier, athletic director at Boise State University, noted that his school’s football team went undefeated several times, yet never got a chance to play for the national championship under the BCS.

Asked by Rush whether Congress should intervene, Bleymaier responded, “The only way this is going to change is with help from the outside.”

In the Senate, Utah Republican Orrin Hatch has put the BCS on the agenda for the Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee this year, and Utah’s attorney general, Mark Shurtleff, is investigating whether the BCS violates federal antitrust laws.

Fans 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.


I mean, I've wanted college football to have playoffs for a while but the fact that some pinhead in a suit thinks a GAME is a matter of national law that needs legislation is irrefutable evidence of ass-hattery.




Re: Congress taking control of College Football?
Friday, May 01, 2009 6:42 PM on j-body.org
if this idea is unpopular with the masses, be sure that our Dear Leader will weigh in and save the day. no worries.

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Re: Congress taking control of College Football?
Friday, May 01, 2009 11:18 PM on j-body.org
This demonstrates the core of the problem where stupid politicians think every noun, verb, adjective, and adverb all require a law - multiple laws in the case that a word falls into multiple categories. This is example prime of completely unnecessary and unhelpful government interference at its finest. If anything deserves a tea party, its stupid @!#$ like this.

ScottaWhite wrote:

if this idea is unpopular with the masses, be sure that our Dear Leader will weigh in and save the day. no worries.
Obama has exactly WHAT to do with this?

I know, I know... Every thread is an I HATE OBAMA thread. I get it, I really do. But that article pretty clearly shows that neither party has a monopoly on douchebaggery. I know that fact is lost on you, but still.

I think its @!#$ stupid ANY TIME congress has so much as a hearing on any sports related subject. If they have that much free time on their hands then I'd sooner send them home for the day. Of course there are real problems confronting this nation that they could be dealing with instead - but that's only a minor detail.





Re: Congress taking control of College Football?
Monday, May 04, 2009 4:12 PM on j-body.org
bk3k wrote:

ScottaWhite wrote:

if this idea is unpopular with the masses, be sure that our Dear Leader will weigh in and save the day. no worries.
Obama has exactly WHAT to do with this?
Actually, it is well-known that Obama would prefer a playoff system. He was asked many times during the campaign season (since it coincided with football season).




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Re: Congress taking control of College Football?
Monday, May 04, 2009 8:50 PM on j-body.org
bk3k wrote:

This demonstrates the core of the problem where stupid politicians think every noun, verb, adjective, and adverb all require a law - multiple laws in the case that a word falls into multiple categories. This is example prime of completely unnecessary and unhelpful government interference at its finest. If anything deserves a tea party, its stupid @!#$ like this.

ScottaWhite wrote:

if this idea is unpopular with the masses, be sure that our Dear Leader will weigh in and save the day. no worries.
Obama has exactly WHAT to do with this?

I know, I know... Every thread is an I HATE OBAMA thread. I get it, I really do. But that article pretty clearly shows that neither party has a monopoly on douchebaggery. I know that fact is lost on you, but still.

I think its @!#$ stupid ANY TIME congress has so much as a hearing on any sports related subject. If they have that much free time on their hands then I'd sooner send them home for the day. Of course there are real problems confronting this nation that they could be dealing with instead - but that's only a minor detail.



Is it not who would sign a bill in to law? Ergo the link.


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Re: Congress taking control of College Football?
Monday, May 04, 2009 10:39 PM on j-body.org
Just because a politician is right for once...




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Re: Congress taking control of College Football?
Wednesday, May 06, 2009 7:04 PM on j-body.org
^ this has nothing to do with who's right and wrong. no one's necessarily right. while i would love to see it happen, i'm not holding my breath because the bcs makes a lot of money off the current system.

the point is, the government has no place in telling college football how to run things right, when everything the government runs goes to @!#$.

irony at its finest.




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Re: Congress taking control of College Football?
Thursday, May 07, 2009 11:32 AM on j-body.org
RuggedZ wrote:

^ this has nothing to do with who's right and wrong. no one's necessarily right. while i would love to see it happen, i'm not holding my breath because the bcs makes a lot of money off the current system.

the point is, the government has no place in telling college football how to run things right, when everything the government runs goes to @!#$.

irony at its finest.
Quite frankly - I don't care if the government ran everything FLAWLESSLY - they still have no business in governing college football or anything similar. They need to stick to running the core functions of Government, and sporting events... don't exactly qualify.





Re: Congress taking control of College Football?
Thursday, May 07, 2009 12:50 PM on j-body.org
bk3k wrote:

Quite frankly - I don't care if the government ran everything FLAWLESSLY - they still have no business in governing college football or anything similar. They need to stick to running the core functions of Government, and sporting events... don't exactly qualify.


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Re: Congress taking control of College Football?
Monday, May 11, 2009 7:24 PM on j-body.org
bk3k wrote:

This demonstrates the core of the problem where stupid politicians think every noun, verb, adjective, and adverb all require a law - multiple laws in the case that a word falls into multiple categories. This is example prime of completely unnecessary and unhelpful government interference at its finest. If anything deserves a tea party, its stupid @!#$ like this.

ScottaWhite wrote:

if this idea is unpopular with the masses, be sure that our Dear Leader will weigh in and save the day. no worries.
Obama has exactly WHAT to do with this?

I know, I know... Every thread is an I HATE OBAMA thread. I get it, I really do. But that article pretty clearly shows that neither party has a monopoly on douchebaggery. I know that fact is lost on you, but still.

I think its @!#$ stupid ANY TIME congress has so much as a hearing on any sports related subject. If they have that much free time on their hands then I'd sooner send them home for the day. Of course there are real problems confronting this nation that they could be dealing with instead - but that's only a minor detail.


Kinda like when bush was in office, all the haters did the same thing..but i guess its different with obama huh...


Really, i mean this is @!#$ stupid, but god damn i know alot of people who would be happy if they actually did something haha



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