House panel passes college football playoff bill

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WASHINGTON – A House subcommittee has approved legislation aimed at forcing college football to switch to a playoff system to determine a national champion.

The bill would ban the promotion of a postseason NCAA Division I football game as a national championship unless that title contest is the result of a playoff.

The measure passed by a voice vote today by a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee.

The sponsor, GOP Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, said the current Bowl Championship Series is unfair and won’t change unless prompted by Congress.

But some lawmakers on the subcommittee said Congress has better things to do than legislating on college football.

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