Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Lawmakers who have been trying to prod college football to replace the Bowl Championship Series with a playoff system now have the Washington equivalent of a booster club: a political action committee.

A group of college football fans launched the Playoff PAC Monday with the goal of electing similarly minded members of Congress. The hope is that if there’s enough pressure from Congress, the BCS—a complex system of computer rankings and polls that often draws criticism—will voluntarily change to a playoff system.

“We recognize this is not a top-of-the-line issue for members of Congress and for the public, but college football is financially and culturally important to a lot of people,” said one of the PAC’s founders, Washington lawyer Matthew Sanderson. “So we feel members of Congress should spend time on a national institution that’s financially and culturally important to their constituents. We also feel there will be a lot of support out there for this type of an effort.”

Sanderson worked as campaign finance lawyer for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. He is also a graduate of the University of Utah, whose football team was passed over for last season’s national championship even though it went undefeated in the regular season.

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