Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Congress takes a timeout...for the BCS
Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced legislation Wednesday that would force college football to adopt a playoff to determine the national champion.
He said the bill — being co-sponsored by Reps. Bobby Rush, an Illinois Democrat, and Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican — "will prohibit the marketing, promotion, and advertising of a postseason game as a 'national championship' football game, unless it is the result of a playoff system. Violations of the prohibition will be treated as violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act as an unfair or deceptive act or practice."
A change in the championship system might help some Texas college football teams.
So as I understand it, corporate executives are lined up outside of Congress begging for help, the Big 3 auto makers are about to declare bankruptcy, the stock market has collapsed, people are losing their houses, there is a war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but lawmakers still have time to fuss over football.
We are going to hell in a handbasket.