Obama Uber Alles – Seeks to “Regulate” College Football

Posted on January 31, 2010


You have to give Obama credit. He is not taking us to the moon – at least for the foreseeable future. Ruling the moon would really put too much on his plate.  However, it is no comfort that he is limiting his sphere to influence to terra firma here. He is making a forced march into every aspect of American life at a brisk pace.

He may not have changed Republican minds as a guest at their retreat last week, but he has found an opening for bipartisan work elsewhere: change the rules for college football.

Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah was steamed that his home team was deprived of getting a chance to play in the college Bowl Championship series for the title last year. He then wrote to the Justice Department requesting investigation into the current system.

A response from Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich last Friday promised extended consideration of the matter:

In the letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch, obtained by The Associated Press, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote that the Justice Department is reviewing Hatch’s request and other materials to determine whether to open an investigation into whether the BCS violates antitrust laws.

“Importantly, and in addition, the administration also is exploring other options that might be available to address concerns with the college football postseason,” Weich wrote, including asking the Federal Trade Commission to review the legality of the BCS under consumer protection laws.

Several lawmakers and many critics want the BCS to switch to a playoff system, rather than the ratings system it uses to determine the teams that play in the championship game.

“The administration shares your belief that the current lack of a college football national championship playoff with respect to the highest division of college football … raises important questions affecting millions of fans, colleges and universities, players and other interested parties,” Weich wrote.

However, Hatch must not be seen to have got ahead of Barack Obama on this issue. In his letter to Hatch,

Weich made note of the fact that President Barack Obama, before he was sworn in, had stated his preference for a playoff system. In 2008, Obama said he was going “to throw my weight around a little bit” to nudge college football toward a playoff system, a point that Hatch stressed when he urged Obama last fall to ask the department to investigate the BCS.

Sports fans, you are not safe from the Uber Alles  Presidency even in the stands.  Obama will be sitting there with you in your head.  You will be thinking ahead to other possible areas of college life Obama may want to control. He already has legislation in the works for a government takeover of student loans for higher education.  No, there is no time off from Obama regulation.

As a people, we are slowly being herded like cattle into the narrow chutes to the social and financial slaughterhouse. Next we will have to pass through security to get into the movies! Ah, but refreshments will be free under the latest entitlement program established to spread the candy.

Nite Barack.

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