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House Panel Passes College Football Bill

From an unfazed Associated Press:

House Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection subcommittee Chairman Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., center, flanked by subcommittee counsel Timothy Robinson, left, and subcommittee member Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, presides over the subcommittee’s hearing to markup legislation on a BCS college football playoff system, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

House panels passes [sic] college football playoff bill

By FREDERIC J. FROMMER (AP)

December 9, 2009

WASHINGTON — A House subcommittee has approved legislation aimed at forcing college football to switch to a playoff system to determine a national champion.

The bill would ban the promotion of a postseason NCAA Division I football game as a national championship unless that title contest is the result of a playoff.

The measure passed by a voice vote Wednesday by a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee

The legislation is sponsored by Texas Rep. Joe Barton, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The vote by the panel’s commerce, trade and consumer protection subcommittee comes three days after the BCS selections were announced. Those include the Jan. 7 national title game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Texas.

Barton said Congress’ attention is warranted, since "at this level, college football is a multibillion-dollar business" not much different from other businesses that face congressional oversight.

"With telecommunications, you’re dealing with AT&T and Verizon and Sprint, and in this case you’re dealing with the SEC and the Big 12 and the Pac-10," Barton said. "It’s the same basic economic model." …

The current college bowl system features a championship game between the two top teams in the BCS standings, based on two polls and six computer rankings. Eight other schools get the Orange, Sugar, Fiesta and Rose bowls.

Under the BCS, six conference champions get automatic bids — the ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-10 and SEC — while other conferences don’t. Critics call that system unfair…

"We’re pleased that Congressman Barton’s bill is moving forward because it will require the BCS to choose — either make college football’s championship a competitively earned honor or admit that it’s currently the equivalent of being elected homecoming king," said Matthew Sanderson, a founder of Playoff PAC, a political action committee aimed at electing members of Congress who favor a playoff system.

At a May hearing, Barton warned college football officials that unless they took action toward a playoff system within two months, Congress would probably move on his bill. It took a little longer, but the timing of this week’s vote isn’t exactly a coincidence…

Shortly after his election last year, Obama said there should be a playoff system.

"I’m going to throw my weight around a little bit," Obama said at the time. "I think it’s the right thing to do."

Of course college football should come under the purview of the House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee.

It’s right there in the Constitution.

Right next to the part about how health insurance can be mandated by the government.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “House Panel Passes College Football Bill”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    What’s really remarkable is that Congress is wasting taxpayer dollars to even deliberate over this and that they think it’s something they should meddle in to begin with.

    The arrogance of these people is unbelievable.

    “I’m going to throw my weight around a little bit,” Obama said at the time. “I think it’s the right thing to do.”

    When, exactly do you NOT think it’s the “right thing to do” ?

  2. U NO HOO says:

    Shouldn’t college affairs be handled by Education sub-committees, oh, right, college football is big business and interstate commerce, or JoePA wouldn’t be making millions, like health insurance CEOs.

    Deep slow breathes, in, out, in, out…

  3. U NO HOO says:

    … oh, oh, out comes CO2…

  4. eaglewingz08 says:

    Everyone who voted for this bill should be voted out of congress and that includes that republican idiot who sponsored the legislation. There is no authority for Congress to get involved into how tournaments are played. Just cause the teams earn money doesn’t give Congress any right to interfere in the rules. What next, Congress going to change the strike zone? Congress going to change the number of games in the World Series? Congress going to change the designated batter rule? And the Energy Committee’s doing this while we have a national emergency on lack of energy production in this Country? This is a complete abdication of responsibility. Throw these bums out!!

    • TwilightZoned says:

      I am spreading the word to vote no incumbents in 2010 and 2012. If enough people did this I believe congress would be cleaned out. Now that would send a powerful message.

    • BillK says:

      But it wouldn’t matter as voters would feel the way they always do “Yeah – get rid of all the incumbents – except my guy, he does a good job.”

    • TwilightZoned says:

      Yea, I thought about that, but I really think people are beginning to wake up and ask the hard questions. I believe the tide is turning along voting party lines. I haven’t heard anyone say they like their elected officials. Even those who qualify for the most government handouts are screaming they aren’t getting enough. Let’s keep our fingers crossed the good people are truly fed up.

  5. proreason says:

    You’re testing us, aren’t you Steve.

    Well ole pro is paying attention.

    No way this is real.

    Even the boy wonder wouldn’t be this stupid.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Really this has got to be a joke? PLEASE tell me this is a joke …

      *crickets chirping*

      Oh boy.

      This will keep attorneys specializing in sports and college athletics busy for awhile. Maybe it’s a stimulus program in disguise?

    • Flession says:

      “Even the boy wonder wouldn’t be this stupid.”

      Apparently you haven’t been paying attention the past several months, Pro.

      The answer to this, and for now on all future intruding actions done by El Presidente is “Yes, he is that stupid.”

      Once you put a limit on the depths of absurdity this President will reach in his quest for power, he’s won.

  6. mjwooten says:

    Ummm….errrrr…..ummmm….just when I think things couldn’t get any stupider…they do. I don’t follow college ball, probably could care less, but…geez oh peets on a popsicle stick….This is no joke, is it?

  7. Reality Bytes says:

    Next thing you know, Congress will start taking over car companies!

  8. GL0120 says:

    From Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night show –

    This is interesting. Congress was hard at work yesterday — Congress — trying to figure out a fair play-off system for college football. Meanwhile, the NCAA spent the afternoon kicking around ideas on how to win the war in Afghanistan.

    Thank god for the NCAA’s involvement in the Afghanistan problem, now we’ll get some common sense involved!


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