Getting Serious about an NCAA Football Playoff

Saturday, January 17, 2009

In times of economic difficulty, many people find solace in entertainment. In the sports world, Barack Obama stirred interest with his explicit support for creating a playoff system for college football’s Division I. He told “60 Minutes,” I’m going to throw my weight around a little bit” on the issue. Now Rep. Joe Baron (R-Texas) has drafted a bill to prohibit the marketing or advertising of any non-playoff game that purports to be a national championship, while Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) is sponsoring a bill to declare the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) an illegal restraint of trade. The new chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-New York), has called for hearings. Barton, the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told Obama that this was an issue where conservatives like himself could work with the Democratic administration.



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