Congress takes up… college football?

Force them if you will, but it is myopic to legislate the NCAA.

ItâÄôs December, and everyone is whining about college football again. Year after year, people complain about the NCAAâÄôs Bowl Championship Series, calling it arbitrary, unreasonable and greedy. In an attempt to force the NCAA to implement a playoff system âÄî which it uses for Division II and III college football âÄî a House of Representatives subcommittee has approved a bill that would give the Federal Trade Commission authority to penalize the NCAA if it advertises its game as a âÄúnational championship.âÄù Even though many coaches, players, schools, and fans are in favor of a playoff system to determine the national champion, the NCAA should have the final authority in regulating its own affairs. If it wants to use a formula to determine its two best teams for a championship showdown, itâÄôs their business. If it wants to advertise its game as a national championship, itâÄôs their prerogative. While a playoff system would likely generate more money through more games and make everyone a lot happier, our government has absolutely no time to meddle in the NCAAâÄôs affairs. The publicity generated by this legislation distracts from more important issues, such as health care, Afghanistan, and a failing economy. If the government does decide to force the NCAA to switch to a playoff system, IâÄôll certainly be pleased to see the Bowl Champion Series finally done away with. However, the legislation remains completely unjustified and demonstrates a lack of respect for the NCAAâÄôs authority within its own domain. Jon Radermacher welcomes comments at [email protected]