Really? Money, you say? College football generates millions of dollars and operates through interstate commerce. Isn't that why Barton claimed to have a government interest in the BCS in the first place?
Of course it's about money. Many bowls will feature strong teams that the public has a desire to watch. Now, I don't mean to offend any sports fans, but there are schools that create anticipation and drive ratings across the country. And then there are teams from Utah.
"It's like communism; you can't fix it," Barton went on after the testimony. As a person who frequently and recklessly refers to his political opponents as Marxists, I would remind the congressman that in communist nations, sports were under the management of politicians.
Come to think of it, communists always are whining about unfairness. They always are nattering about the ills of money. Communists tend to do a lot of their best work on "committees," as well.
Should college football bowl matchups hinge on an intricate computer program? Should Alabama and Texas be playing in the championship game? Should TCU or Boise State be ignored?
I have no clue. What I do know is that schools and fans, not some Commie committee in Washington, should be the ones making those sorts of decisions.