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PLAYOFFS APPROVED FOR ALL OF CFB

WASHINGTON - APRIL 23:  U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with University of Florida mens football quaterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow in the East Room of the White House April 23, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama hosted the 2009 national champion Gators, who presented the president with a custom jersey and football.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
josh taylorCorrespondent IMay 4, 2009

.....sometime in the not so distant future.......

Today, President Obama took back the University of Florida´s BCS National Championship trophy shortly after signing into law a bill that will ensure a playoff system within what is now to once again be known as Division I football.

Rep. Joe Barton, subcommittee head and author of original legislation proposed in April 2009 to influence the current BCS system into a playoff system, was quoted as saying, "This is not only a win for Texas...I mean all of College Football, it is proof that Congress is in tune with the will of all Americans on each and every decision we make." 

Rep. Barton's original bill mandated for the BCS to refrain from promoting a national championship game until a true playoff system was imposed.  During the April hearing, he strongly informed John Swofford, the coordinator of the BCS, that if progress wasn't made toward a playoff system in the next couple of months that he would see the bill move.  

True to his word, he pushed the bill through the House of Representatives for a vote where it was highly accepted with the necessary changes to gain approval from the Democratic controlled House. 

Included in the revisions were authorizations for more than $4.5 trillion in spending, to include:

$4 trillion to cover all expected future losses for each of the current bowl venues that would not be included in the future playoff system.  Estimates were collected on a per venue basis that looked to reimburse all potential profits and tax revenue that was estimated to be gained over the next 10 years.

$50 million to increase wages/salaries of current BCS committee persons as they transition into a new Division I playoff oversight and selection committee.  The newly formed group announced today that they can promise an even more technically involved formula for randomly selecting its tournament field (size to be determined).  

An undisclosed amount of discretionary funds will be dedicated to developing a "cleaner team" that will delve through every college football archive, database, book, and memoir to ensure there is no mention of any team before the current year of having won a major college football national championship.  To follow suit with the 2009 Gators, all past trophies will be collected and demolished.

Additionally, all former championship team merchandise must be turned in (at no refund to individual consumer) and fines will be issued for failure to comply. 

The complete fallout of the "Barton Bill" is still to be determined as a legal injunction has already been filed against MLB for promoting the culmination of their "North American baseball championship" (which actually only includes the USA and Canada) as the World Series which falsely produces a World Champion.   

The President responded today as saying, "I am proud of Congress.  It was a good day.  We were able to put party lines aside and reach across the aisle to get closure on an issue that was close to my heart and the hearts of most Americans.  Sure the recession and unemployment rage on, but we still have time for that. We took a bad situation and we fixed it...our way.  I fail to see how proactive congressional measures could do anything but help." 

 

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