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December 18, 2009 3:14 PM Matters of National Security

By Daniel Luzer

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“Dismissing complaints from some members that Congress had more pressing matters,” as the Associated Press dryly noted in its article about the matter, earlier this month a House subcommittee agreed to legislation to create a formal college football playoff. The goal of the legislation is to force college football to move from an informal series of bowls to a playoff system that will determine a national college football champion team.

Maybe it’s a little more pressing, though. A new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics reveals that the Bowl Championship Series, which supports retaining the bowl system, has spent $670,000 lobbying Congress since 2003.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer