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    Sunday, April 20, 2008

    Congress And NCAA At Odds

    Don't worry about terrorism, high gas prices, or even the rising cost of food.Never fear. We now have a brewing battle between two groups that are liked as much as someone being hit over the head with a hammer- Congress and the NCAA.

    Three members of Congress are calling on the Justice Department to investigate whether college football's Bowl Championship Series is an illegal enterprise. Reps. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii), Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) and Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) are introducing a resolution rejecting the oft-criticized bowl system as an illegal restriction on trade because only the largest universities compete in most of the major bowl games. The resolution would require Justice's antitrust division to investigate whether the system violates federal law.

    "Who elected these NCAA people? Who are they to decide who competes for the championship?" Abercrombie said at a press conference Thursday on Capitol Hill, gripping a souvenir Hawaii football.

    Abercrombie said the matter is worthy of federal review because college football is big business with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.

    We all can rest easy now.

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