The politics of college football

As any football fan knows, the ultimate changes were modest — or at least less than the tectonic-plate-shifting possibilities that were originally feared. But the debate, and the intervention of politicians from Congress on down, not only illustrated how keenly attuned pols are to their constituencies but how sports such as football and basketball are intrinsically woven into the culture of many states, a fact that no elected official can afford to ignore.

Politico.com
6/28/10