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WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new political effort is afoot to reform to the NCAA Bowl Championship Series. Playoff PAC, a federal political action committee, was launched Monday by six men bound together by law school ties or work on Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.
The new organization is "dedicated to establishing a competitive post-season championship for college football," according to a statement posted on the PAC's Web site www.playoffpac.com.
"To that end, Playoff PAC helps elect pro-reform political candidates, mobilizes public support, and provides a centralized source of pro-reform news, thought, and scholarship," organizers said in the statement.
Bentley Peay, who helped create the PAC and is one of its six board members, said in a phone interview Tuesday that the group's goal is to ratchet up political pressure in support of getting a playoff instituted in the BCS.
In past years, Peay said, other efforts to pressure the BCS to change, like petition drives and boycotts, had been "unorganized and ineffective." The PAC was created to support and defend candidates who are petitioning or arguing for a playoff.
Proposals calling for similar changes have been circling on the Hill for years, and the PAC already has some congressional support. In a statement on the PAC's Web site, Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch said he backs having a playoff in the championship series.
"I'm supportive of all reasonable efforts to ensure that students and schools are treated fairly and a national playoff system being advocated by Playoff PAC seems like a reasonable way to accomplish that goal," says Hatch.
Peay says the PAC is already at work to garner more support in Congress.