Wednesday, July 8, 2009

To U.S. Senate: BUTT OUT!

Thanks to PDS for the following (which I have edited):

This from Sports Business Daily:

Hatch, BCS Officials Debate Playoff System At Senate Hearing


Sen. Orrin Hatch yesterday (R-UT) called the BCS an "illegal monopoly benefiting six conferences at the expense" of smaller schools during a U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on college football's postseason system, according to a front-page piece by Matt Canham of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. Hatch said that the Justice Department "should investigate" whether the BCS violates federal antitrust laws. However, Univ. of Nebraska Chancellor and BCS Presidential Oversight Committee Chair Harvey Perlman warned that "even if a judge agreed with Hatch and struck down the way college football now crowns its champion, officials wouldn't create a playoff like so many fans, sports pundits and even the president have called for." Perlman during the hearing said, "Honestly, it's hard to see why anyone would litigate this. The end result of that -- this isn't a threat, it's just an observation -- would be we are back to the old system."




I get that the BCS isn't exactly fair, but why in the wide, wide world of sports does the U.S. Government need to get involved with this? Is nothing immune from this type of interference...is this an appropriate way to spend OUR money?

As for a college national championship, why do we need it? All of the debate about the BCS bowl system presupposes that having one champion is to be desired? Why?


10 comments:

  1. that is a very long article in very tiny writing

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  2. I know. Sorry. I'll go back and edit.

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  3. well, I went back, took alot out and effed up the whole thing

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  4. It's bad enough that they're going to bankrupt our country. It's downright criminal that they're going to screw up college football. While I agree that a playoff of some sort should be used, I have absolutely no confidence that those bunch of fools could come up with a workable solution.

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  5. P.S. Screw the government.

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  6. Screw the government AND the BCS!

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  7. The BCS worked perfectly in 2005 -- but screw the Government anyway.

    PS to any FBI or secret service guys, lsquared started this, so you should arrest her -- but beware of the barricade and keep your heads down.

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  8. Another day anlther bloviating gas bag intruding himself in a non-problem so that he may avoid having to show some backbone on a real problem. furthermore the whole playoff thing would only change one problem: it would take away the controversy of the two teams chosen to play in the championship game. Of course that issue would be replaced (as is typical of a congressional solution)by the larger controversy of how they chose the 8 teams for the three game playoffs. If the bottom feeding sellouts in the senate to investigate in college football I suggest they look at why most top college football and basketball programs have a graduation rate of something like 25%.

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  9. please ignore my typos. My fingers have alzheimer's.

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  10. I choose to believe the typos are evindence of your passion. Also, I didn't really notice them, which explains why I never catch my own. You know that whole "as long as the right letters are there you can read the word even if
    they're in the wrong order?" I'm REALLY good at that, thus, no typos!

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