Thursday, May 7, 2009

J.C. Watts -- The BCS Lobbyist

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Watts has received over 620k from BCS to lobby congress: J.C. Watts is a lobbyist for the much-maligned Bowl Championship Series. The job -- which has paid Watts' firm $620,000 over the past five years -- involves defending the BCS against a flurry of politicians who want to tear down the quirky system for determining college football's national champion. Recently, this controversy has produced a congressional hearing, and even President Barack Obama has jumped into the fray, saying he would prefer a playoff to the current system. "My responsibilities are just to try to help the BCS navigate through this," Watts says. Watts thinks the problem is that politicians take on the BCS as legislators but end up forming their views through the prism of sports fans. "I'm a paid consultant," he says. "I'm in government affairs for [the BCS], no question, but if I wasn't, I'd like to think I would be responsible enough and equitable enough to say, 'OK, what works if this system wasn't in place?'" (More at Politico)
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