Government gets one step closer to taking on the BCS

15 02 2010

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) received a letter from the Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich on Jan 29, 2010.  The letter intimated that the Department of Justice was going to take Hatch’s request and look to investigate the BCS.

Possible scenarios stated that the Federal Trade Commission might look into the legality from the point of view of consumer protection laws as well as the possibility that universities may lose tax exemption status if they do not switch to a post-season playoff.

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BCS payout numbers provide further condemnation, but does it matter?

26 01 2010

The six automatic qualifying Bowl Championship Series conferences earned a combined $115.2 million in BCS payouts while the five non-automatic qualifying conferences earned only $24 million.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock told the AP the new numbers show the distribution is “fair and appropriate.”

Clearly, President Obama, Senator Hatch and Congressman Barton do not agree with Hancock, as they are vocal supporters of a college football playoff citing anti-trust issues.  When we also include the Florida State, Georgia and Florida college presidents supporting a playoff for other reasons, a college football playoff is a mainstream issue to the public.

The high-level support is undeniable, but there needs to be more support from non-sports fans in order to promote actual change.  Playoff supporters will need to worry more about its toughest opponent, the apathetic, than the BCS.





A new BCS boss takes over, a Senator responds

17 01 2010

The Bowl Championship Series appoints a new executive director, Bill Hancock.  On January 14 2010, Hancock’s first duty was to respond to critics of the BCS.  According to Hancock, the detractions of a college football playoff would lead to more injuries, conflict with final exams, kill the current bowl system and diminish the importance of the regular season according to the BCS chief.

The following day, Senator Joe Barton wrote that college football is a multi-billion dollar industry making it an interstate commerce and a legitimate candidate for congressional oversight.   Barton also states that many schools, which are taxpayer-funded institutions, are ‘being shut out of the bowl cash bonanza’.

In other words, Hancock says that the current system is fine the way it is because it has never been more popular or profitable while Barton claims that the current system keeps the balance of power shifted to the entities with the most money.