Political Action Committees in College Football
The current college football post season consists of a bowl championship series otherwise known as the BCS. The BCS is a series of 32 bowl games that college teams compete in. These range from random no name bowls like the Papajohns.com bowl to the BCS National Championship, where the number one and two teams in the nation play for the top honor in college football. The BCS system is often criticized because of its complex system of computer rankings, and coaches polls that often end unfairly for good teams. Recent outcries and debates have drawn the attention from Washington.
A group of college football fans have recently formed a Political Action Committee (PAC) to push for a college football playoff system much like the NFL. The fans are hoping that the influence of Congress will pressure college officials to make a change. "What we wanted to do was put together an effective way to ratchet up the political pressure." One of the PAC's founders Matthew Sanderson told the Omaha World-Herald.
Although a playoff system would be the fairest way to determine a national champion, the bowl system creates 32 more games in one season to create revenue for small towns and cities that the games are played in. The Chancellor of the University of Nebraska and chairman of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee, Harvey Pearlman, said that the BCS was one of the best things to happen to college football. "It modifies the traditional conference alignment with particular bowls to create the opportunity for the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams to meet in a bowl game, while preserving the bowl system to the benefit of 64 universities and many cities around the country," states Pearlman. College football players and fans also enjoy the bowl system because it allows teams that may not be the best in the country to get their chance at some postseason action. No matter how the post season is run, there will always be a love for college football within many fans hearts.