look im all for bowl games... like an NIT
End the bowl games!!!In the letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch, obtained by The Associated Press, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote that the Justice Department is reviewing Hatch's request and other materials to determine whether to open an investigation into whether the BCS violates antitrust laws.
"Importantly, and in addition, the administration also is exploring other options that might be available to address concerns with the college football postseason," Weich wrote, including asking the Federal Trade Commission to review the legality of the BCS under consumer protection laws.
"The administration shares your belief that the current lack of a college football national championship playoff with respect to the highest division of college football ... raises important questions affecting millions of fans, colleges and universities, players and other interested parties," Weich wrote.
And lose potential political support from the communities that host the bowl games?
I'm all for some type of playoff in D1 to determine a true champ. But, imo, any process has to wrap the bowl games into it somehow. The bowl season is a special time of year, and all the hours of hard work, dedication, hopes, and dreams of all teams center around a possible post-season berth somewhere warm and comfy. Ya can't just snap your fingers and make it all go away.
We should have listened to Colorado fans.
I'd like a playoff. But I damn sure don't want the US Congress & Executive designing the system. Besides, last time I checked we were in the midst of a couple wars and had double-digit unemployment. I'd think they would have something better to do with their time and our money than investigate and legislate how the college football postseason works. Populist B.S. and I'm really surprised that some of you guys seem glad that they're doing this.
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Yeah, I get it. Phoenix or Detroit (no contest)? Orlando or Toronto (are we even asking?)? Uh huh, this could go on and on. The fans are gonna like place a better than place b.
But the fans don't play the game. The teams wanna play somewhere, anywhere, after the season.
Even if you've got to play a game no one cares about mid-December in Detroit, you're still getting a killer gift package from the bowl, getting to do some fun events around the game, and getting to play a football game on national tv. Not a bad way to spend a week.
I can't think of anything less important for our federal government to be addressing.
keep the bowls to make everyone happy, 8 team playoff for the NC.
Bowl season is a frickin joke with a bunch of useless, unwatchable bowl games with a large amount of them played in half empty stadiums. I can't remember one good bowl game from this last year.
End the joke Obama!!!
It is also a way to send some "feel good" points to Orrin Hatch and the congressional representatives of the MWC/WAC states. When it all comes down nothing will happen.
Hatch can make a lot of noise and with where he comes from if he doesn't get re-elected whoever replaces him will be a political clone. On the other hand does the administration want to lose ground politically with the SEC/Big X/Big XII representatives where political favor is in play. They can scream all they want but the Bowls make to much money for the BCS and aren't going to go away easily.
What is funny to me is that the mid-majors are not so much concerned with the bowls as wanting to split up the money evenly even though they don't contribute an even share to the popularity. If somehow this were to pass, I could see a playoff system in which payouts rise by round. With significant money on the line as well as a "championship" the frequency of the mid-majors winning would be very low and I can see them getting a smaller share of the money not a larger share.