A House Subcommitte approved a bill today that would force college football to move to a playoff system to determine a national champion. The measure would "ban" the promotion of a postseason national championship game unless it resulted from such a playoff. The legislation comes amid yet another year of controversy and outrage over the current BCS bowl system. This years national championship, announced last weekend, has Alabama facing Texas while 3 other unbeaten teams were left on the outside looking in. The measure was passed by voice vote in a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee. Rep. Joe Barton, the bill's sponsor, who ironically hails from the state of Texas, claims the current system is unfair and won't change unless forced to by Congress. The matter is far from settled though and there are significant hurdles ahead. For one, there is no Senate version of the bill. Also, the major conferences who benefit from the current system have wide-ranging geographic representation and a strong political influence nationwide. The bill has also faced vehement oppostion from some lawmakers who feel Congress should be spending its time on more significant things.
Personally, I hate the current BCS system but I also agree that this is a matter better left settled another way. At a time of war, recession, and massive unemployment and poverty I think it's rather irresponsible of Congress to be concerned with how we crown a national champion in college football. When the founding fathers of our nation put together our great legislative structure I don't think they intended it to be used to make sure Texas-Christian University got a fair shake at a football title. I believe the underlying theme here, as always, is money and I think if the powers that be in college football sit down and figure out a fair way to divide it fairly then we can establish a better way of doing things. Unfortunately, I think that's purely wishful thinking.