Congressional panel advances bill to force football playoff

Congress has taken a step towards interfering in how colleges declare a national championship in football. From the Associated Press:

A House subcommittee has approved legislation aimed at forcing college football to switch to a playoff system to determine a national champion.

The bill would ban the promotion of a postseason NCAA Division I football game as a national championship unless that title contest is the result of a playoff.

The measure passed by a voice vote Wednesday by a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee.

The sponsor, GOP Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, said the current Bowl Championship Series is unfair and won't change unless prompted by Congress.

I’d like to see a playoff too. But I’d rather see a government that acknowledges some limits upon itself. Notice the way Congress is insinuating itself into the issue, by using its power to regulate interstate commerce to prevent the “promotion” of an event that is not to its liking. Rep. Barton is a Republican, a Texan, and thus presumably a conservative. Is there any legitimate conservative argument for this?


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