Congressman takes on the BCS


Politicians can’t get enough of squawking about the debacle that is the Bowl Championship Series. First President-elect Barack Obama bemoaned the system of selecting a national “champion” for college football. (Unsure how the BCS works? Click here.)

Now Congress is looking to get in on the action (because, you know, there’s not much else going on right now).

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, may have some bitter feelings about Texas being shut out of the BCS title game, because he introduced HR 390 in the House last week. Let’s read the bill’s description:

“A bill to prohibit, as an unfair and deceptive act or practice, the promotion, marketing and advertising of any post-season NCAA Division I football game as a national championship game unless such game is the culmination of a fair and equitable playoff system.”

That’s right — calling the winner of the BCS title game the national champion would be banned, should this bill become law.

Yes, the BCS system is convoluted and irrational — but so is Congress, most people would argue.


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