House panel approves measure to change college football playoffs; Georgia’s John Barrow casts a lone ‘nay’

This from the Associated Press:

A House subcommittee approved legislation Wednesday aimed at forcing college football to switch to a playoff system to determine its national champion, over the objections of some lawmakers who said Congress has meatier targets to tackle.

A House subcommittee approved legislation Wednesday aimed at forcing college football to switch to a playoff system to determine its national champion, over the objections of some lawmakers who said Congress has meatier targets to tackle.

The bill, which faces steep odds, would ban the promotion of a postseason NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision game as a national championship unless it results from a playoff. The measure passed by voice vote in a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee, with one audible “no,” from Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga.

“With all due respect, I really think we have more important things to spend our time on,” Barrow said before the vote, although he stressed he didn’t like the current Bowl Championship Series, either.

The BCS selections announced last weekend pit two unbeaten teams, No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Texas, in the Jan. 7 national title game. Three other undefeated teams — TCU, Cincinnati and Boise State — will play in a BCS bowl game, but not for the championship.

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58 comments Add your comment

ATLshirt

December 9th, 2009
2:24 pm

They have bigger fish to fry than passing this kind of bill!

ST

December 9th, 2009
2:25 pm

I agree with a playoff format however Congress has much more important matters to attend.

Emory Texan

December 9th, 2009
2:25 pm

‘The subcommittee chairman, Rep. Bobby Rush, an Illinois Democrat who co-sponsored the bill, said, “We can walk and chew gum at the same time.”‘

Get this done!

dave

December 9th, 2009
2:26 pm

Mark

December 9th, 2009
2:34 pm

They can’t fix the economy or health care so why do they think they can fix this???????????

TRUTH

December 9th, 2009
2:38 pm

SERIOUSLY?? For Real?? How about passing the frikkin’ healthcare reform bill?? We put you Idiots in office for that piece of work!!! Single-Payer NOW!!

bob

December 9th, 2009
2:40 pm

huh? Since when does the government have control over sporting events?

Chaps

December 9th, 2009
2:42 pm

Is there any part of American’s lives that Democrats don’t think they know best how to run?

jim

December 9th, 2009
2:43 pm

UNTIL, You, yes YOU stop going to these fraud bowls and watching Capital 67 bowl week, there is no economic reason for the protectionist Pac 10, big 11 and Big East to do this. they don’t care about anything but their piece of the pie…

Agree with Bob

December 9th, 2009
2:46 pm

Get gov’t out of baseball, football – all the sports. We don’t elect them to debate the merits of the bowl system or how deep the steroids scandal went in baseball (from the bottom to the top). With the economy/war/medicine/deficit in the state we are – get back to your real jobs. I don’t pay a doctor to do my drycleaning.

Keith

December 9th, 2009
2:46 pm

The bill only say’s they can’t be called national Champions. The BCS calls them BCS champs. Stupid legislation

Jef

December 9th, 2009
2:46 pm

Ease up Jim, the bill’s sponsor is Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, who is the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Agree with Bob

December 9th, 2009
2:48 pm

And with the economy the way it is, the bowl system is here to stay anyway. Too much money in it – why do you think there are 50 bowls in cities all over the place – Toronto/Shreveport/Boise, etc.? We need those people to fill hotels & restaurants.

Harvard

December 9th, 2009
2:48 pm

The country would be far better off if Congress was active on issues such as a Playoff and keep their hands off of issues such as Health Care, Banking, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Bailouts etc.

Jef

December 9th, 2009
2:49 pm

Sorry Jim. My comment is directed towards Chaps…

Al Ciraldo

December 9th, 2009
2:50 pm

I own Munson.

Skip

December 9th, 2009
2:53 pm

I want four strikes in baseball, could that be next?

mel88ody

December 9th, 2009
2:53 pm

Congress is just a bunch of people looking for how much they can control. Soon enough congress will be telling me where I can and cannot step. Look at how well “fixing” the healthcare is going. Who do they think they are that they think they need to “fix” everything? God? Since the BCS is not a federal company, thus the federal bureaucrats who think they know best shouldn’t be involved. By the way, our country is trillions of dollars in debt! Fix that and the healthcare without adding to the debt before you think you can go around fixing a more or less bad system in college football.

greg

December 9th, 2009
2:54 pm

I dont like that NFL blacks out games – can the government take care of that for me?

Peadawg

December 9th, 2009
2:57 pm

Yes, they have bigger and more important things to do. But sadly, the only way for college football to have a playoff is w/ the government passing laws like this.

slobberknocker

December 9th, 2009
2:57 pm

Why don’t they find a couple of terrorist to screw with and leave college football alone! BTW, who do you think they will appoint to be the CZAR? LMAO! Only in America can you find this many power hungry idiots!

AL, you would not make a pimple on MUNSONS a$#.

Dick

December 9th, 2009
2:59 pm

Now, if this waste of time and money doesn’t convience even the most liberal voters in America we neeed to clean out Washington legislators, I don’t know what will. People America has problems and it isn’t football. Had a large Tomato farmer checked by HOme land security last week wanting to make srue his employees wer all legal (they were by teh way). The homeland securtiy employee told the tomaota farmer Washington has figured out the best way to handle illegal immigrants coming into Amerian was to take teh jobs from them and close down farmers like this guy. If no produce to grow, illegals won’t come into the states. See, we have major major problems from the white house down to the state levels. As far as me, if a persons name has (I) beside his name, when it comes time to voting, I will mean I don’t think so.

PlayoffsUnlikely

December 9th, 2009
3:01 pm

The only way a playoff would come to fruition is if it was designed in such a way that it would be just as or more financially rewarding to all of the conferences and schools involved. $$ has priority over having a true undisputed national champion. That’s the American (corporate) way.

timthebrave

December 9th, 2009
3:05 pm

It figures the lone “no” was a dumb a$$ politician from our state. Make it happen

TML

December 9th, 2009
3:05 pm

@Agree With Bob: I would tend to agree that there are more important things for Congress to worry about than college football’s method of determining its national champion. However, government CAN most definitely get involved. Don’t forget something important – colleges are schools…schools that are government institutions. Therefore, they have constitutional oversight over what goes on in the schools and that includes athletics. When you have government institutions making money off bowl games, government is already involved and they can have a say in determining how that money is made. When you add to that that the BCS is basically collusion amongst government institutions, Congress can get involved.

Also remember that it was a former president (Teddy Roosevelt) who called a White House meeting over 100 years ago on the state of college football – back when it was dominated by the private Ivy League – that began the NCAA in the first place. How much more a role could they possibly demand today, when the game is dominated by public, state universitites…universitites funded mainly by state taxes under the oversight of state governments (notwithstanding Federal funding for the loan programs that pay the way for many students to attend those state schools in the first place).

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TML

December 9th, 2009
3:08 pm

@ Keith: Have you checked the logo for the BCS national title game? It clearly states ‘BCS National Championship’. They don’t merely claim to be just the BCS title game…they’ve always claimed to be the ‘BCS National Championship Game’.

RHR

December 9th, 2009
3:08 pm

I agree with Sen. Barrow – “With all due respect, I really think we have more important things to spend our time on,”

timthebrave

December 9th, 2009
3:09 pm

If we had a 8 team playoff after the bowl games it would bring in a lot more money for the cities that hosted the games. Help the economy and help me watch MORE quality football. win win

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

December 9th, 2009
3:13 pm

We can’t do anything about US Steel, Big Oil or the Sugar Trust either.

Oh wait….we did.

The federal government can, and will, destroy illegal monopolies. It just takes enough people getting pissed off about it.

Liberals Never Argue Rationally

December 9th, 2009
3:16 pm

@bob

Since when did gov’t have control over health care??

Waste of time

December 9th, 2009
3:20 pm

Congress is way out of line here. To say that they have more important things to do is a gross understatement. What a joke.

dood

December 9th, 2009
3:22 pm

it’s racist. :)
OK, sorry…I just wanted to be “the one” who made it about race.
BCS sucks but they have more important issues at hand. They didn’t change baseball like they thought they would. they can’t do anything right.

Change I can believe In

December 9th, 2009
3:27 pm

Well maybe this way truly the best team will win.

Jason

December 9th, 2009
3:38 pm

When was the last session of congress at which someone didn’t sponsor a similar bill? Ten years ago? Fifteen years ago?

sad brotha

December 9th, 2009
3:40 pm

Big Brotha … the Government! Keep up the good work! What a joke…CONGRESS needs to be fired! ALL OF THEM!

Chris Dunn

December 9th, 2009
3:40 pm

This piece of garbage, by a bunch of folks who are as significant as naval lint in the NCAA Football World, isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. John Barrow was the only person in that subcommittee with common sense and sound judgement.

What next? Will Congress worry about the format of the Little League World Series?

Until Joe Barton or Orrin Hatch shows up on ESPN’s College Game Day, they would do the entire College Football World a favor by keeping their mouths shut.

Disheartened

December 9th, 2009
3:43 pm

I think this just goes to show that the govenment won’t be happy until they control everything. They need to be spending their time on more important things than this!!! This is crazy!

ACE

December 9th, 2009
3:57 pm

Why can’t these b$#@%es find out who keeps taking my newspaper, while
they’re addressing such important matters

ACE

December 9th, 2009
3:58 pm

Just kidding! I wouldn’t pay for this paper

Charlie

December 9th, 2009
3:59 pm

Who cares? College football is overrated and boring. Everyone stands around for 40 seconds and they there’s a whole 4-5 seconds of “action”.

Brian

December 9th, 2009
4:01 pm

Okay enough is enough with big government controlling what we can or cannot do, this is a complete waste of time and not of any concern of the government. It’s starting to look more and more like a socialism government, what’s next, communism.

DC DAWG

December 9th, 2009
4:02 pm

There are 575 people on Capital Hill that have made it their goal to screw up everything that is working in this country. If this latest act of stupidity is an omen that all incumbants should be voted out of office. In the house under the leadership of Nancy Palosi (a woman who should put that apron back on and get her fat a*** back in the kitchen) a democrat allowed this to happen. How far out of touch with reality can congressional representatives be? Unemployment is approximately 10%. Yet I bet if you check the latest budget, they voted themselves another pay raise. This is nothing more than a ploy by congressional representatives to curry favor with alumni to get re-elected.

Steve

December 9th, 2009
4:05 pm

Bust the b.s BCS!

tim

December 9th, 2009
4:15 pm

Let the lame embarrassing Congress pass the bill, then the BCS should tell them to get lost and stick their bill where the sun don’t shine.

Seriously

December 9th, 2009
4:23 pm

The only reason these things come up is that constituents from their districts are complaining becasue of their school..We pay congress to handle issues of interstate commerce and these are government schools remember…Remember a republican sponsored this bill.

Go Playoffs!!!

December 9th, 2009
4:23 pm

I for one would like other schools to get a piece of the pie if they earn it as well….

Ron Mexico

December 9th, 2009
4:28 pm

WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF

Chaz

December 9th, 2009
4:37 pm

Bread and circuses people, this is the cr@p they feed us to distract us from what they’re doing to us elsewhere. Congress has NO BUSINESS meddling in College Football. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to watch it. Ultimately, it just doesn’t matter…

j

December 9th, 2009
4:39 pm

Someone get the greasy mother Fu kers out of there! I can’t believe this is even being talked about. This is exactly what is wrong with this country. Don’t worry about employment, the depression, inflation, healthcare, etc… Fu k em

ACE

December 9th, 2009
4:48 pm

The stupidity involved in this bill crosses party lines