Congress Should Keep Its Nose Out Of College Football

by John Hawkins | December 5, 2005 12:02 am

Gosh, it’s annoying when Congressmen seek the limelight by sticking their noses in where it doesn’t belong. Now, they’re off investigating the Bowl Championship Series[1].

“College football is not just an exhilarating sport, but a billion-dollar business that Congress cannot ignore,” said committee Chairman Joe Barton, a Texas Republican. Barton’s panel is separate from the House Government Reform panel that tackled steroids in baseball

“Too often college football ends in sniping and controversy, rather than winners and losers,” Barton said. “The current system of determining who’s No. 1 appears deeply flawed.”

Barton said he does not have legislation in mind to force a change, but said he hopes congressional hearings will spur discussion and improvements. It won’t be the first time Congress has looked at the BCS. In 2003, the Senate probed whether the system was unfairly tilted against smaller schools.

Great, now Congressmen think that their role is to “spur discussion.” I guess that is because, without Congress, no one would be talking about college football and the BCS.

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