Lawmakers want probe of college football bowl system

By: associated press
By: associated press

CAPITOL HILL (AP) -- The debate over college football's Bowl Championship Series has resurfaced on Capitol Hill.

Three members of Congress want the Justice Department to investigate whether the BCS is an illegal enterprise.

Democrat Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii and Republicans Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia and Mike Simpson of Idaho, are introducing a resolution rejecting the oft-criticized bowl system as an illegal restriction on trade. The resolution would require Justice's antitrust division to investigate whether the system violates federal law.

The measure also would put Congress on record as supporting a college football playoff.

Abercrombie says the matter is worthy of federal review because college football is big business with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.

The lawmakers say the bowl system blocks all but the largest universities from competing in postseason bowls, denying dozens of others not just the opportunity to compete but also a shot at the big payoffs and national exposure that come with bowl appearances.

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