From a Slate article--entitled Interference!-- by Christopher Beam:
A House subcommittee approved a bill Wednesday that would prohibit the NCAA from dubbing its title contest a "national championship" unless it switches to a playoff system.Can Congress actually do this? Well, according the article sports leagues are forms of interstate commerce which bring the feds into it. From the article:
Because sports are considered interstate commerce. Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to regulate commerce among the states. The Supreme Court has interpreted that power to include sports leaguesAlso, the BCS might be a monopoly and, if so, anti-trust laws would apply. More from Beam's article:
Congress also has the authority to write and revise antitrust laws, which the current championship selection system may be violating. The organizers of the BCS pick 10 teams to play in the various college bowls, including the Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl. Six of these teams—the champions of the ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10, and SEC—are automatically locked into getting a coveted—and lucrative—BCS bowl bid. According to critics, this favoritism prevents fair competition. A playoff, they say, would be a more equitable way to decide which teams make it to the finalsNow this is government intervention I can get behind. Down with the BCS! I want a playoff!