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Professors ask Justice Dept. to investigate BCS

Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:38 am
Edited on: April 13, 2011 12:09 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

A group of law and economics professors have pulled together to ask the United State Department of Justice to investigate the BCS antitrust law.

According to the Wall Street Journal , 21 different professionals signed a letter to the DOJ that accuses the BCS of securing access and revenue for its favored members. A copy of the letter was provided to the WSJ , who reported on the professors' argument .

The professors claim that the BCS's control of access to the most important postseason games shields major-conference schools from competition and injures schools in the five non-major conferences, whose champions aren't guaranteed a BCS berth and have never appeared in the BCS title game. Consumers also are being harmed, the professors allege, because college football's lack of a playoff limits output. "Consumers aren't getting what they want," said Dan Rascher of the University of San Francisco.
This is not the first time that efforts have been made to get the government involved with the BCS. Over a year ago the department claimed they were determining whether or not to investigate the BCS, since then there has been no official action taken.

"We have not heard anything from anyone at Justice," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said . "We believe that's because they have concluded that the BCS does comply with the law."

The fairness of the BCS has only come under more heat recently with the firing of Fiesta Bowl president John Junker over allegations of financial improprieties. With more stories leaking out about lavish spending and gifts for BCS bowl officials, the squeaky clean facade of the BCS has been wiped away from their public image.

The Fiesta Bowl scandal is far from completed, and my guess is the events from the last six months may be enough to induce some changes in the structure. But if the BCS' "answer" is to switch out the Fiesta for the Cotton Bowl, there will still be much more work to do before the flaws are fixed. This letter from top law and economics professors won't get the job done alone, but at least it is a start.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 1:42 am

Professors ask Justice Dept. to investigate BCS

"Consumers aren't getting what they want," said Dan Rascher of the University of San Francisco.
 So says the professor from a school that doesn't even have a football team...  

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:33 pm

Professors ask Justice Dept. to investigate BCS

This group is calling for a playoff system because they feel as if the consumers are not getting what they want.

Most consumers are happy with the current bowl system. Each year the various bowl games earn an un told amount of money, fans continue to break records going to the bowl games. That is called team loyalty. Therefore they are happy and not complaining about the current system..

Alum and other sponsors are giving money and supporting the teams on a record breaking basis each year.
I don’t want this group speaking on my behalf. They are only speaking for a few that are jumping up and down for a play off system.

There are a few individuals, as normal, that are yelling and jumping up and down for the initiation of a playoff system for college football, which is not needed.

I am not one of the ones that is jumping up and down yelling for a playoff system. The current bowl system, minus the so called BCS championship game, is fine with me as well as other college enthusiast.

Now these individuals would want the Justice Department involved wasting tax payers money.

If these individuals are enthused about their cause let them sue the BCS and others that they think would need to be sued as to the current system not being ran properly. In other words put your money where your mouth is. It is your belief that the system is not working according to the way you think it should work.

I don’t want a college football playoff system nor do I want to waste tax payers dollars providing the means to investigate if the system is wrong or right.

The current President has too much on his plate to be concerned about a play off system for college football. He need to balance the budget and get us our of several wars we are involved in.
If you are concerned about improprieties about one member of the present system, then in most companies you would fire that manager not change the entire system.


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