our fathers brought forth on this continent… well, whatever they intended, I doubt it was for Congress to declare the BCS unconstitutional.
… Abercrombie said a system that limits automatic berths to six conferences “is restraint of trade. The automatic qualifiers are still taking care of themselves. I’m saying regardless of what good intentions may be behind this, it’s restraint of trade. It’s illegal. It’s unconstitutional.”
He said the best way to resolve the matter would be with a playoff system. All other NCAA football levels have playoffs.
“Do the Warriors work less hard than the (Ohio State) Buckeyes?” Abercrombie said. “I don’t think so. Why should they be treated differently? Why shouldn’t they have their turn?”
Abercrombie said he expects support from states whose teams did not qualify for the title game.
“I bet I can go to Kansas and Missouri,” Abercrombie said. “Ohio won’t be so anxious. … It depends on whose ox is getting gored. I think everyone sees the justice in this (proposal).”
The good news is that this won’t cost the taxpayers anything. And if Abercrombie can find that al-Qaeda’s got something to do with the BCS, or that Mike Slive is an illegal alien, he’s got himself a winner.
2 responses to “Four score and seven years ago…”
I’m telling you, Senator. If they ever create a D-1 playoff without significant access to the lower conferences then Congress will threaten to remove the NCAA’s tax exempt status.
Those dream matchups of the top 16 teams in the country suddenly morph into anOSU v. FIU in round one while teams like Georgia watch from home.
Revoking the NCAA’s tax exemption would hurt donors as much as the member schools. Think about some of the heavy hitters that would be likely to heft their political weight in that situation. I believe that Congress would be a little gun-shy to go that route.
The better approach might be to use carrots instead of sticks. The NCAA would kill to have an antitrust exemption. If Congress promised that in return for a broad D-1 playoff, who knows what might happen?