BCS an anti-trust violator?

Rep. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat from Hawai’i, is reportedly going to introduce a bill to declare the Bowl Championship Series a violation of the United States’ anti-trust laws as an illegal restraint of trade. While he’s not joined by his close friend, Rep. Fitch, Reps. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Georgia), Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah) are signing on to the bill.

Is the BCS a violation of law? Don’t know. Laws regarding sports are even murkier than the rest of the U.S. Code. There is some more motivation for a playoff, though. Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is in favor of it, as is President-elect Barack Obama. Still, Stoops said that at a recent meeting of coaches, most were against a playoff.

Yes, a playoff would make sense, in the most logical form. But, college football is a sport that is wedded to tradition that bests even Major League Baseball. Many localities make a goodly amount of cash on bowl games held there. Also, the way it works is great for the regular season. Take, for example, college basketball. A team can have a sub-.500 season, win the conference tourney and make it to the NCAA Tournament. It makes the regular season a waste of time.

Whereas, in college football, every week counts. Florida bit it against Ole Miss and has to pray for Alabama to lose to Auburn or a win in the SEC title game for the chance at a title shot. Southern Cal is basically fucked after losing to an Oregon State team that got blown out by Penn State.

As fucked up as it is, let’s keep the BCS. There’s something strangely wonderful about developing ulcers every Saturday because your team might not show up and lose its shot at the national championship.

Oh, and Alabama is 11-0 and No. 1. Suck it, bitches.

Abercrombie plans to resubmit BCS bill claiming illegal restraint of trade [SI.com]


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