JC Watts gets paid $620,000 to defend the BCS.


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Fixing the broken system that is the Bowl Championship is a big issue these days for fans, those who run the system and politicians as well.

This past season, we saw Utah become the only undefeated team in college football with a big win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, giving them a legitimate argument as to why they should the national champs. Unfortunately, they were relegated to the equivalent of the kids table on Thanksgiving and denied by the overlords any type of recognition. This is where JC Watts comes in.

Watts is the former congressman from the 4th congressional district in Oklahoma, standout Sooner football from 1977-81, and a lobbyist representing the BCS on Capitol Hill. His job entails fighting for a system that has caused controversy in the sports world in Washington, convincing members of Congress to vote against any type of legislation that would put a damper on the profits of the six major conferences and the schools they represent.

As a player at Oklahoma, Watts began as a seventh-string quarterback before eventually taking the reigns and leading the Sooners to consecutive Orange Bowl victories before graduating with a degree in Journalism in 1981. After six years in the Canadian Football League, Watts retired and eventually found his calling in the House of Representatives.

In the five years he has represented the major conferences that make up the BCS, Watts has raked in $620,000 for his consulting firm, a large number to keep non-BCS members out of the conversation deciding the National Championship.

This year, conference commissioners and athletic directors from across the country were paraded in front of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection after legislation was threatened against the current BCS system. Citing loss of revenue and sponsorships, John Swofford (coordinator of the BCS and ACC commissioner) said a playoff system simply wouldn’t be feasible for the current schools and bowl organizers. Apparently shoveling $620,000 into lobbying Congress is.

Watts doesn’t give a definitive answer on whether he believes the BCS is a fair system, but when you’re making $620,000, it doesn’t really matter.

|Politico|

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