The Justice Department may examine the inequities of the BCS:
The Obama administration is considering examining the legality of college football’s controversial Bowl Championship Series, according to a senator who had asked for an antitrust investigation.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah) said he received a letter from the Justice Department, in which it “outlined the inequities” of the BCS system and said that it is considering whether to investigate the BCS under the antitrust laws. The letter also said that the administration is exploring other options to address college football’s postseason, including encouraging the NCAA to take control and asking the Federal Trade Commission to examine the BCS’s legality under consumer-proteciton laws.
Shortly after he was elected in November 2008, Barack Obama said he would “throw my weight around a little bit” regarding college football’s lack of playoff system. Currently, the BCS stages a national title game between the two teams that finish atop a compilation of polls, while other arguably deserving teams often get excluded. Mr. Hatch, whose home-state Utah Utes were left out following the 2008 season despite a perfect record, has been advocating for changes, too, writing a letter to the president in October asking for an antitrust investigation.
As an alumnus of East Carolina University, a school in a conference that doesn’t receive an automatic BCS bowl bid, I’m quite thrilled with this move. The BCS system creates a two-tier system in college football that makes it difficult to compete fairly.
And for those who argue that the government has more important things to worry about, well, this is important, too.
Go Pirates! Arrrgghhh!