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Obama to NCAA: Football Playoff, or Gitmo

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Perhaps you took Barack Obama's pre-election statement that college football needs a playoff as a pander to passionate sports fans, or a non-confrontational cop-out. But, um, he's been elected and he seems really serious about this. The next president talked to 60 Minutes about the subject.

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According to Obama's proposed system, eight teams would play over three rounds to settle the national champion.

"It would add three extra weeks to the season," he said at the conclusion of a wide-ranging interview. "You could trim back on the regular season. I don't know any serious fan of college football who has disagreed with me on this. So, I'm going to throw my weight around a little bit. I think it's the right thing to do."
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It is the right thing to do. It's change we can believe in. But ... can anyone really step into the ring with the NCAA and live to tell about it? And don't underestimate the power of the bowl sponsor industry. Tostitos, FedEx, Chick-fil-A, Outback Steakhouse -- these businesses will be lining up to help Obama's 2012 challenger. No one messes with crass capitalism which occurs at the expense of common sense!

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