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Congress has explored whether the BCS represented a violation of interstate commerce and considered the NCAA’s tax-exempt status.

The BCS is not controlled by the NCAA, but rather is a system managed by the commissioners of major conferences and organizers of the Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl. Under the BCS, teams are ranked by a combination of computer and human polls, and the top two teams at the end of the season play to determine a champion.

Obama pushed specifically for an eight-team playoff staged over three weeks, suggesting that the regular season could be shortened to accommodate the extra games. BCS supporters have argued that a playoff would reduce the importance and drama of the regular season, while also taking away from the tradition and history of the bowl system.

BCS officials said they had no plans to abandon the system based on Obama’s criticisms.

“First of all I want to congratulate newly elected President Obama, and I am glad he has a passion for college football like so many other Americans,” BCS coordinator John Swofford said in a statement. “For now, our constituencies - and I know he understands constituencies - have settled on the current BCS system, which the majority believe is the best system yet to determine a national champion while also maintaining the college football regular season as the best and most meaningful in sports.”

The NCAA also said it had no immediate plans to implement a playoff system.

“We stand ready to assist if our members decide they want to change the format for the postseason, but as of now there is no movement to change the current structure,” NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said.