Obama Is Taking Action Against the BCS—Or Is He?

Caleb M.Analyst IJanuary 30, 2010

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 30:  President of the United States Barack Obama watches the college basketball game between Georgetown Hoyas and the Duke Blue Devils on January 30, 2010 at the Verizon Center in Washington DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

During the State of the Union Address, President Obama talked about many things. Health care, the economy, "Yes we can", etc. 

Now he and his administration are tackling another problem in America—the BCS. 

If you recall, he made it known from the very beginning that he was really interested in college football,and in favor of a playoff system. While no one may be able to stop the economy crumbling, or the war in Iraq, he may be able to fix college football.

The BCS is under investigation to see if it violates the Sherman Antitrust Act , and the antitrust laws in place. 

From my understanding, (without getting too technical or political), antitrust laws state the NCAA and the rulers of the BCS have the right to make any laws and regulations they want in the business they own (college football). However, if those rules go against state or federal laws, well then they violate the Antitrust Act and etc. etc. 

Click on the link up there for a better explanation...

"In addition," assistant attorney general Ronald Weich states, "the administration is also exploring other options...with the college football postseason."

Several in congress have stated they would rather have a playoff system. Obama included. Weich said he understands the people's concerns, and that the lack of a playoff system raises important questions among "millions of fans, colleges and universities, players, and other interested parties."

Well this is all good and dandy, but the real question is: Will anything ever get done?

Those in power have been stating for years they want playoffs. Why is nothing happening? Seriously...if they had some real pull, and if congressmen have said they too want playoffs, why isn't anything happening? 

We know the rulers of the BCS have thrown up excuses, but really. Those have been ripped to shreds, shown they are nothing more than excuses. Money isn't a problem, nor is scheduling, the two biggest concerns at the time. 

All playoff games could be sponsored by the former bowl sponsors, and if you made it a 16 or eight team playoff you can easily fit it in by the time the bowl season would be over.

While it's exciting to hear news of Obama's administration exploring possibilities, it may still yet be some time before we see a playoff system installed. We've seen some great ideas for a playoff system, some complicated ideas indeed. 

Just here on BleacherReport we have some thorough ideas, including conference switches, sponsorship, the works. Then there are CBS, Fox, numerous websites , blogs, and letters that have other plausible ideas. 

We all know it comes down to Bill Hancock and the rest of them making money, and delaying any investigation. And that's the thing: what will ever come of this?

They can delay anything happening...hold it up, debate it, etc. until Obama is out of office and nothing happens. 

So depending on how this investigation goes, we may be seeing a playoff system as early as 2012, or Hancock and co. may continue to milk college football for all it's worth. It will be interesting to see what develops.

What do you think? Will we ever see any changes?