The U.S. Justice Department has sent a letter to the college Bowl Championship Series asking why there is no playoff in college football. The Justice Department apparently doesn’t have much injustice to worry about.
Let me first say, I hate the BCS. I think it is unfair, even though my Texas Longhorns are not shunned by the system. It is unfair to the schools, the players, and the fans. It serves none of them. It only serves itself.
If your school is not in one of the top 6 conferences, you may never get to a bowl game. Yes, these are also the conferences that get the most money. There are millions of dollars involved yet, for many schools, it’s difficult to qualify for a bowl game.
I agree the BCS system limits competition. It is a monopoly. But, shouldn’t this be handled privately first? Shouldn’t this start out at a lower level than the Justice Department? Do all antitrust suspicions start out at the Justice Department level? Is this really antitrust at all?
On one of the few things I agree with President Obama about, I agree there should be a college football playoff. There are so many good teams out there, that could increase competition, that aren’t being put in bowl games.
What I don’t agree with is him saying he is going “to throw my weight around a little bit” to encourage college football to go to a playoff system, then the Justice Department getting involved during his administration. I don’t think this is merely a coincidence. Not when the U.S. Attorney General is nominated by the President.
The Attorney General of Utah has already planned an antitrust lawsuit against the BCS. Why isn’t this being allowed to run its course before the Justice Department steps in?
The BCS isn’t even legally required to answer the letter from the Justice Department. The government can’t force a college football playoff system. All that can happen is the current BCS system could be broken up.
This isn’t the first time the federal government has gotten involved in sports, and I’m sure it won’t be that last. With all that is happening in this country and the world, you would think they would have better things to worry about.