House Panel: Kill College's BCS System

Subcommittee passes measure aimed at pushing playoff system
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2009 3:18 PM CST
Alabama's in the title game this year.   (AP Photo/John Amis)
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(Newser) – Lots of people hate the BCS college football system, and now a House panel does, too. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas pushed the anti-BCS measure through an Energy and Commerce subcommittee today. It would prevent college football officials from calling any game a "national championship" unless it's the result of a playoff system. BCS haters take note, however: It stands little chance of passing the full House or becoming law.

"What our friends and fans need to know about the Bowl Championship Series is that it is not about choosing the champion or competition on the gridiron," said Barton. "It is about revenue sharing for the schools that are in the BCS conferences." But not all panel members were enthusiastic. "BCS, to me, means business, consumers, and seniors," said Bart Stupak. "That's what I think we should be focusing on—not college football."

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