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Fascinating NY Times article addressing potential congressional involvement in realignment.

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"Congress has the nexus to engage," he said. "These are tax exempt organizations now making billions of dollars off of unpaid athletes. When it’s a regional league it seems to make sense. When you’re taking schools practically from coast to coast and putting them in big profit revenue leagues, we may be at a point where the N.C.A.A. has lost its ability to create a fair system for all universities to play in." ..."The sudden consolidation of the B.C.S. conferences may raise any number of issues that Congress will want to explore, especially because these conference affiliation decisions have been made quickly and out of view of all concerned constituencies — student athletes, alumni, fans, and the governments who control the public universities that overwhelmingly populate the B.C.S.," said the lawyer, who was not authorized by his clients to speak publicly on the subject. The extent of Congressional interest could come down to how many universities get squeezed monetarily from the shift in landscape. "If my school is somehow left out, my constituents are going to demand I do everything in my power to stop that," the congressman said.

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