Congress has good reason to investigate BCS

Concerns relating to flaws in the Bowl Championship Series system made it to Congress in a Nov. 16 public debate.

Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del) said the system looks “un-American, not fair” and that “it is rigged.”

While some may question the Congress’ involvement in the BCS System, members of the Congress argue that the BCS system may be guilty of antitrust actions.

The BCS is supposed to operate in the best interests of the public, yet receives complaints from fans every year about being unfair to most schools. Which public is it catering to?

The big money business results in the 63 included schools receiving payouts of $450 million. 54 Division I-A schools not in the system receive an almost leftover sum of $17 million.

With Division I-A football as the only college sport not to have a playoff system, options for top high school recruits to join a team realistically eligible to compete in a national championship game become very limited.

But what can Congress do about the situation? It could involve the Justice Department to investigate possible antitrust laws violations, or even attempt to create legislation to eliminate flaws in the system.

Congress is justified in their involvement no matter the outcome because much like the recent steroids scandal, it could force the BCS to address an obviously flawed system.

Reginald Snowden for the Editorial Board