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Thumbs down Obama wants to change BCS

Who the fuck does this guy think he is? Now he wants to put his hands on sports?? While I dont agree with the BCS system, Obama has NO FUCKING right to think he can do anything about it.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4870657

BCS under scrutiny from Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is considering several steps that would review the legality of the controversial Bowl Championship Series, the Justice Department said in a letter Friday to a senator who had asked for an antitrust review.

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.

Several lawmakers and many critics want the BCS to switch to a playoff system, rather than the ratings system it uses to determine the teams that play in the championship game.

"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.

Weich made note of the fact that President Barack Obama, before he was sworn in, had stated his preference for a playoff system. In 2008, Obama said he was going to "to throw my weight around a little bit" to nudge college football toward a playoff system, a point that Hatch stressed when he urged Obama last fall to ask the department to investigate the BCS.

Weich said that other options include encouraging the NCAA to take control of the college football postseason; asking a governmental or non-governmental commission to review the costs, benefits and feasibility of a playoff system; and legislative efforts aimed at prompting a switch to a playoff system.

Weich noted that several undefeated teams have not had a chance to play for the national championship, including TCU and Boise State this year and Utah last year.

"This seemingly discriminatory action with regard to revenues and access have raised questions regarding whether the BCS potentially runs afoul of the nation's antitrust laws," he wrote.

Hatch, a Utah Republican, was steamed that his home state team was deprived of getting a chance to play for the title last year.

"I'm encouraged by the administration's response," he said in a statement. "I continue to believe there are antitrust issues the administration should explore, but I'm heartened by its willingness to consider alternative approaches to confront the tremendous inequities in the BCS that favor one set of schools over others. The current system runs counter to basic fairness that every family tries to instill in their children from the day they are born."

Under the BCS, the champions of six conference have automatic bids to play in top-tier bowl games, while the other conferences don't. Those six conferences also receive more money than the other conferences, although the BCS announced this week that the ones that don't have automatic bids will receive a record $24 million from this year's bowl games.

"This letter is nothing new and if the Justice Department thought there was a case to be made, they likely would have made it already," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said in a released statement.

"There is much less to this letter than meets the eye. The White House knows that with all the serious issues facing the country, the last thing they should do is increase the deficit by spending money to investigate how the college football playoffs are played," the statement continued. "With all due respect to Senator Hatch, he is overstating this importance of the letter he received from the Office of Legislative Affairs."

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-30-2010, 12:04 AM
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So much for limited government... I am one of the biggest advocates for a play-off system in NCAA football, but if it means getting "him" or any other governing body involved, I'll just settle for what we have.
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It's really kind of the government to worry about college football playoffs and rankings after bankrupting our country for the next 10 generations and shipping all jobs overseas.

What's next? Are they going to try and regulate pick up leagues too?
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WTF has everything else been fixed to the point where college sports are a major issue???
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The man doesn't seem to have enough to do.......yep, he needs to handle football
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This is a joke, right? The legality of the BCS system? Really?

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This is a joke, right? The legality of the BCS system? Really?
The massive national debt issue, what's that?
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The massive national debt issue, what's that?
I figured a financial genius like you would understand that placing a play-off system in NCAA footbal is the first step to lowering our debt. It all starts with the bookies.
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He is really reaching for publicity lately...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_obama_basketball
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The massive national debt issue, what's that?
It's for the people, man...health care, wall street, and the BCS!

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Your all wrong. It IS the governments job to keep cartels like the BCS from hoarding money and discriminating other business (schools).

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Your all wrong. It IS the governments job to keep cartels like the BCS from hoarding money and discriminating other business (schools).
There's definitely more important issues at hand right now that trump fucking NCAA football.

Our government needs our help, they have an addiction. Our government is addicted to our money. Since they always have our best interest at heart it's time we return the favor. We need to have an intervention, for the governments own good of course. It's just irresponsible for us to let people with a known money addiction continue to handle our money. Lets have an intervention now so we can help these sick individuals.
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-05-2010, 01:33 PM
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im more worried about acorn,getting our troops back home,my nieghbor,and all my fellow americans i see struggling everyday,americans bill of rights,our constitution being ignored,socialism,north american union,new world order,and the illuminaty and having a bunch of no good mother fuckers running my country.


oh but wait!, what about the BCS? gtfo!

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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-05-2010, 02:10 PM
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looks like it is republican senator orrin hatch who is behind this, and that he requested that the justice department look into this matter. Obamas only statement on the matter was way back before he was sworn in, saying that he favored a play system.

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