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BCS head will meet with Justice on June 30

Posted on: June 19, 2011 8:15 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 7:53 am
 
BCS executive director Bill Hancock will meet with Department of Justice officials on June 30, CBSSports.com has learned.

Hancock said earlier this month that he would honor a Justice Department request to go to Washington D.C. for what was termed a "voluntary briefing". The date of the visit is now firmed up. Hancock plans to describe the BCS system to DOJ officials.

At the time of the request a DOJ spokesman said officials continue to look into the legality of the BCS in relation to anti-trust laws. NCAA president Mark Emmert referred an earlier letter from DOJ to the BCS which essentially controls college football's postseason.

"We take seriously any connection in Washington, and we’re certainly taking this seriously," Hancock told the Associated Press earlier this month. "But I view it as an opportunity, because we’re confident that the BCS is on strong legal ground."

Among the critics of the BCS are Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff who has said he will file an anti-trust suit against the BCS.
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Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:31 am
 

BCS head will meet with Justice on Tuesday

If there is a playoff, it will involve three teams from the SEC, 2 from the ACC, 2 from the Big East and one from the Pac-12, Big 12, Big 10 or 12.  Just as there were 11 Big East teams in the expanded field of 68, a playoff system will be rigged from the very beginning.  Any system that guarantees an all Big 10 New Years Day will be biased.



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:20 am
 

BCS head will meet with Justice on Tuesday

How is Ohio State allowed to participate in BCS bowl games with multiple team members in current violation (at the time) of NCAA rules and yet other schools are not allowed to participate with less violation?  Also, if there is no due process for member schools, and justice exists at the the whim of the NCAA COI.  Not equal justice for all....but tax sheltered income from the Feds, State, and Localities.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:00 am
 

BCS head will meet with Justice on Tuesday

The BCS has made a mockery of college football long enough.  The NCAA's flagship sport is the only one that doesn't determine a true champion in the arena of true competition.  For football, this would mean at least an 8-team and probably a 16-team playoff.  If they can do it in the lower divisions, they can do it in the FBS.  There is so much room for the Justice Department to charge unfair restraint of trade that I can't imagine the BCS looking like it does now in five years.  
 
The players want it, the fans want it, and coaches who are allowed to speak freely want it.  It's time fro a true NCAA National Champion to be determined on the field. 



Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2011 1:44 am
 

BCS head will meet with Justice on Tuesday

"But I view it as an opportunity, because we’re confident that the BCS is on strong legal ground."

Bill Hancock will politely (?) tell the DOJ to stuff it.  Its the BCS way or no way.  I think its clear to the legal minds on both sides of the issue that DOJ will never make a case for violation of the anti-trust laws. This is nothing but a grandstanding move by the DOJ. One BCS official has already said something to the effect that "if they push too hard, we'll blow the whole damn thing up and go back to the old way, every man for himself."  They will to because the idea is to make money; if that produces a NC, so be it. The ones with the product to sell will make the money whatever the system.  Utah, PlayoffPAC, et al, may well doing the biggest disservice to the ones they purport to help, although they want is that help in the end for themselves, not for the little guy.  If they go back to the old way, how many times do you think you'll see NAQ teams in a major bowl?  Many see the end of the BCS as a victory for a playoff.  Not so.  There will be no playoff for many good reasons. How will we know, for sure, who the real national champion is?  We won't, we don't, we rarely, if ever, did.=32``1234567801q2w31wdfgh




Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: June 19, 2011 11:40 pm
 

BCS head will meet with Justice on Tuesday

Now that Utah is in the Pac 12, the Utah AG lawsuit is laughable.



Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2011 11:39 pm
 

BCS head will meet with Justice on Tuesday

Perhaps we should be laying DoJ officials off to save money since they apparantly don't have any serious work to do.




Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2011 9:37 pm
 

BCS head will meet with Justice on Tuesday

The Justice Department is trying to build a case against the BCS. It can be argued either way.  It depends on what kind of case they build as to whether they can convince the courts that the BCS is an anti-trust violation. This could be very similar to the TV case back in the 1980's.  The suit was filed back in 1981 and did not get to the Supreme Court until 1984.  However, the case was settled in district court before the 1982 season.  How long this takes is anyone's guess.



Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: June 19, 2011 8:59 pm
 

BCS head will meet with Justice on Tuesday

This should be interesting.



Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2011 8:40 pm
 

uh-oh

follow the money...


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