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The BCS runs into a Bigger Bully…

It’s not my government, so I cannot entirely complain, but generally I think that there is nothing dumber than when government gets involved with professional sports.  Who can forget how dopey Congress looked back in 2005 when they trotted out (cough) suspected steroid users from years passed and lobbed Jamie Moyer fastballs that the players fouled off for four or five hours.


Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Ron Swanson, I support some government involvement in our lives, just not when it involves millionaire athletes and billionaire owners.

Of course, my reluctance to see governments pontificating on sports has one major exception… when they start questioning why college football doesn’t have a playoff.  This is something I can fully get behind.

The Justice Department wants to know why the NCAA doesn’t have a college football playoff system and says there are “serious questions” about whether the current format to determine a national champion complies with antitrust laws.

Critics who have urged the department to investigate the Bowl Championship Series contend it unfairly gives some schools preferential access to the title championship game and top-tier end-of-season bowls.

First, I am staunchly on the side that the BCS system is just straight out dumb.  If you haven’t read Death to the BCS you should, because Wetzel, Peter and Passan evisceerate the BCS in such classic fashion that it’s like Alabama beating down Duke.  There is no other sport that ends its season with such an archaic system of people and computers determining what two teams might be the best in the nation and pairing them up.  Besides which, for all the talk about how much money the BCS makes, Wetzel and friends explain that it really only makes money for a very, very select few.  Plus, while we all love that the regular season matters so much in college football, if teams weren’t so terrified of a lost game in September ruining their season, perhaps you’d see a top-flight SEC team actually go and play in Boise.

Yet, the real reason that I love the government stepping in and asking the NCAA to justify themselves is that the NCAA is such a bully, that it’s great to see them run into an even bigger bully.  If you’re the NCAA, you’re the biggest kid on the block.  For years, you’ve been pushing little girls over, thumping little boys in the stomach and even occasionally throwing an unssupecting kid in a dumpster and rolling him down the street.  And why do you keep beating these kids up?  Well, for their lunch money of course.  Lots and lots of lunch money.

So, to read this made me smile,

In a letter this week, the department’s antitrust chief, Christine Varney, asked NCAA president Mark Emmert why a playoff system isn’t used in football, unlike in other sports; what steps the NCAA has taken to create one; and whether Emmert thinks there are aspects of the BCS system that don’t serve the interest of fans, schools and players.

“Your views would be relevant in helping us to determine the best course of action with regard to the BCS,” she wrote.

“Serious questions continue to arise suggesting the current Bowl Championship Series system may not be conducted consistent with the competition principles expressed in the federal antitrust laws,” Varney said.

Suddenly, the NCAA isn’t the biggest kid on the block.  There’s another bully on the block and frankly this one punches a heck of a lot harder.  Of course, governments have been known to talk their way in circles rather than actually punching anyone.  What they really need, is for one person to step forward and lead the charge to topple the BCS,

Before he was sworn in as president, Barack Obama said in 2008 that he was going to “to throw my weight around a little bit” to nudge college football toward a playoff system.

Where has the president been on this issue?  I mean seriously Barrack, it’s not like you’ve been doing anything more important this week…

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