12 Questions With Senator Orrin Hatch
5. Impact of Watts on Hearings
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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RCS: In Monday morning's USA Today, there's a story about how J.C. Watts is representing the BCS as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill. The BCS is paying Watts' firm about $100,000.

As a lobbyist, a former Congressman, and college football star, what effect, if any, will Congressman Watts have on the Senate hearings?

Sen. Hatch: J.C.'s a great guy. I mean I like him personally, and we're close friends. He'll be doing his job, and I don't have any problems with that; I just think he's on the wrong side. I can't say that I wish him well on this particular endeavor. All I can say is he's a good person. J.C.'s a former college football player, plus wonderful member of Congress when he was here. A good friend of mine. He has the right to represent the BCS.

I think the bigger concern, more so than who is representing who, is ensuring that every school is treated fairly. It's more than just a question of wanting to see a playoff or playoffs, or wanting to see teams like Utah or BYU get a chance for the National spotlight - though as a fan of college football I do find those prospects exciting. I think it's obvious that BCS is bad for consumers; it's bad for the fans of college football; and it's bad for the schools that are shut out.

Given the amount of money that's at stake here, I think that's more than enough to warrant the attention of Congress. Even though nearly everyone disagrees with the current BCS system, as you've mentioned, they're currently working to extend the system for another four years. Given the wide spread criticism from nearly every sector of the country, I personally think that's outrageous. But that's where we are.

12 Questions with Sen. Orrin Hatch

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