First of Many Things That Grind My Gears In Sports: Politics In Sports

Bryan FlynnAnalyst ISeptember 19, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15:  President Barack Obama delivers a taped speech regarding the Arthur Ashe Courage Award during the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

There are things in sports that do not belong. For each person these things are different. 

We all see the world from different angles and points of view. While no one has the definitive answer to which view is right, everyone has a right to their opinion. I believe there are certain things that do not belong in the world of sports.

In a “Peter Griffin” moment, I am going to tell you what "grinds my gears.”

The first thing I want to have out of the world of sports is politics.

No, I am not talking about the politics of should coaches make their votes in the poll public or should there be a salary cap in baseball. I am talking about politicians using sports to make a name for themselves.

Having hearings and making sound bites about things they can neither change (they do not have the constitutional power) nor do they want to change. Let’s get in the “way-back” machine and take a look.

Think back to the campaigns for the last presidential election. Remember Barack Obama making his little BCS comment. He believed there should be a playoff. Then he gets elected and says he has more important things to worry about.

Obama had neither the power to change the BCS or any real want to do so. He used college football as a political tool to make a grab at the presidency by voicing a popular opinion.

Do not blame the media for asking him the question. His answer should have been "as president, I have no power over the BCS."

I am not attacking Obama for his political affiliations or any other reason. He is president, and as the president he should worry about the job of the president and not who wins the national championship in college football.

The same goes for Congress for holding a hearing on whether or not schools in the non-BCS conferences should be allowed into the BCS. The members of Congress know they cannot change the BCS, even if they wanted to change it.

This is not the first time Congress has stuck its head into sports. I think we all remember the Congressional hearing on Major League Baseball.

I am glad Congress did that. They changed baseball so much for the better. The bad guys who were using performance-enhancing drugs were punished and their records stripped.

Wait, no, nothing did change in baseball or the BCS. Congress wasted our tax money, and did that twice now.

This was all a political ploy. It was a big show to get on TV and re-elected. The president and Congress have much bigger things to worry about.

I am not saying just because we are in this economic crisis. Both the president and Congress should have a lot more to do than worry about the world of sports at anytime. Even during the good times.

The only thing politics has given the world of sports that can even be argued as a good thing was Title IX. The case for Title IX can be made either way, pro or con.   

The president can invite every team that wins a championship to the White House. He can even fill out a NCAA bracket if he feels the need.

The love affair he has with the media can continue for the next four year, or eight if he wins re-election. Obama should stay out of any discussion on changing any part of the sports world.

The same goes for Congress. The sports world should be off-limits.

While everything in sports is not pure nor prefect and by no means am I saying so. There are things that could be changed and maybe should be changed.

The main thing is let sport take care of sport. Nine times out of 10, the world of sports fixes its problems on its own.

The politicians can have their opinions about baseball, the BCS, and any other matter in sports. They can also talk all they want about them.  Just have them do it at the local bar just like the rest of us do.

So Obama and Congress, get out of the sports world. Before you mess it up like everything else the folks in Washington have touched.

Things might not be great in sports but, as the past has shown once government gets involved, it will only be worse.