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College Football Ranking System Might Violate Antitrust Laws

Attention college football fans. Your lawmakers are listening to you!

The Senate will soon review how college football picks the country's number one team each year.

In case you've been living under a rock, the NCAA doesn't support a playoff system. Instead polls and computer models rank teams. The top two play each other for the BCS championship. The other ranked teams play in bowl games. Certain conferences get automatic bids to the bowl games, which prove to be major money making events for the schools.

In a statement, the subcommittee on antitrust said that the current BCS system "leaves nearly half of all the teams in college football at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to qualifying for the millions of dollars paid out every year."

Do you think overlooked teams are being sore losers, or should lawmakers rightly step in?


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milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
I'm with UnDave here. It needs to be fixed and playoffs should be implemented, but by the NCAA and not the Gov't.
zeze zeze 8 years
Brielle - history is a lot longer than lately.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
It's the economy stupid
brielleblonde brielleblonde 8 years
zeze, have you been watching football lately? michigan didn't even make it to a bowl game this year..
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"Do you think overlooked teams are being sore losers, or should lawmakers rightly step in?" The government was not designed to legislate everything. This is a job for the NCAA to solve.Personally, I want a playoff system, but I don't want the government to impliment one for me.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Step in
zeze zeze 8 years
I'm torn, on one side I am a Michigan fan, and being football royalty means we control the BCS most of the time and I would not want to give up my crown in democracy. On the other hand, I live playoffs and bowl games are pretty lame most of the time, so a playoff would be nice - decisions, decisions!
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
This is one of the few instances where I am solidly on the side of "Don't they have better things to do, like fixing the economy?" The system needs to be fixed but really? Right now?
HaterTot HaterTot 8 years
This absolutely should not be legislated, however the system must change. The BCS is a joke, and isn't an accurate measure of the best in college football.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
i'm all for the play-off system. who really cares about the bowl?!?!?
piper23 piper23 8 years
I'm all in favor of a play-off system. Bowl games are only for making money.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I'm with cassedy. I don't really feel this is something that needs to be legislated, but the current system needs revamping.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Count me as one of those "living under a rock people". I don't follow sports at all.
cassedy04 cassedy04 8 years
i feel like its a little ridiculous that the senate needs to step in, but i'm really glad something is being done about this.
kittyhill kittyhill 8 years
Step in! This system has been all wrong from the get-go. It's about time they did something about it!
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