Justice Department’s Look at BCC System Long Overdue Football is a game of force and power, and the answer to problems on the field often is “Hit him harder” or “run faster. ” Success is based on dominating the offensive and defensive lines and, if possible, not turning the ball over during the game. The U. S. Justice Department is looking into the BCC system. The DOG wonders if it violates antitrust laws. It wonders why, when every other college sport has a playoff system, major college football does not. College football programs in the Bowl Championship Subdivision are part of a billion-dollar business.
Government involvement is necessary because the NCAA has all but washed its hands of major college football, with the exception of rules violations. For the BCC championship game, it picks teams based their season records, computer ratings and several poll rankings. Teams outside the BCC conferences, Boise State for example, can’t afford any missteps, and still might not play for the “national championship” even with a perfect record. Anyone who watched Stanford escape with a win over Oregon can ender how the Ducks would have done against Alabama, which defeated Notre Dame in the BCC title game.
Without a playoff system, all we can do is wonder. Every season it seems that all we have to do as fans is wonder. We see teams like Oregon and Ohio State get shunned because they may have one loss, or because they are not from the SEC conference. Yes it’s true that the SEC has won the past several BCC titles; but are they really that good? And for that fact, Alabama had a loss going into the title game as well. Who can honestly say that Oregano’s loss was any rose than Alabamans loss. Oregon lost by 3 points in an overtime game against Stanford at home.
Alabama lost by 5 points to the hands of Texas A. Why did Alabama get a chance to play but Oregon didn’t? It is issues like this that cannot produce a true champion at the end of the year. The football players, student and fans of each and every university that participate in the NCAA football deserve better than this. Football players deal with the pain and training of the sport to hopefully reach their goal of being champion. Students attending the college want to e their school succeed in every aspect, and the fans of course want the bragging right that comes with the success.
This all sounds very familiar with what the Justice Department’s Job description is and what it’s supposed to achieve. That the BCC “may not be conducted consistent with the principles expressed in the federal antitrust laws,” as the Justice Department wonders, is not a new idea. Unfortunately, it is an idea no one outside the BCC system has any power to change. One duty of government is to level the playing field so the rich and powerful do not always trounce the rights of the less powerful. Come on Mr…