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Utah AG still looking for help to sue BCS

Posted on: August 23, 2011 1:51 pm

Note to law firms: Those of you wanting to assist Utah's attorney general in his lawsuit against the BCS have less than a week to file papers.

Mark Shurtleff is in the process of seeking what are called Requests for Information to assemble a legal team to take on the BCS. At least one national law firm who has handled college athletics cases has been approached by Shurtleff's office.

These are not submitted bids, but preliminary information which is then reviewed. The process is not unlike when contractors submit bids to a city to construct a downtown office building.

In this case, Shurtleff is attempting to deconstruct the BCS. He is soliciting for partner law firms who would help attack the BCS on anti-trust grounds. You can read the RFI web page here. The RFI deadline is Monday.

Here's the official language from the attorney general's office:  "The OAG is seeking information from Legal Teams preliminary to undertaking a process to select a Legal Team to pursue an investigation and possible litigation to determine the legality of the Bowl Championship Series system for College FBS post season football under federal and Utah state antitrust or other applicable law and to obtain appropriate relief. "

Shurtleff's BCS pursuit has been pushed out of the headlines because of, well, just pick up a paper or click on a website. You know what I'm talking about. For now, click on the "Packet for Bid" tab to get inside the request process.

Among the information sought from applicants:

--Describe your qualifications and experience in antitrust investigation and litigation.

--Has your Legal Team already undertaken  any analysis regarding the BCS system and its compliance with federal and/or state antitrust or other applicable laws?

The state is also asking bidders whether they would work pro bono? I think I know the answer to that one .

This is still in the preliminary stages so stay tuned.

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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:37 am

Utah AG still looking for help to sue BCS

Utah is now eligible for the BCS bowls, and BYU has a better chance of getting in as an indy.  Is this suit going to happen on behalf of USU and Weber State?
Seriously, Utah and BYU will be part of the superconferences that happen within five years.  The lawsuit is sorta cool, because anything that threatens the power the bowls certainly have over the NCAA is good for the game, but Utah isn't going to benefit now.  

Down the road, I see the superconferences breaking off into their own division.  Then, there will be a playoff for whatever they call themselves, and the CUSA/MAC/MWC/WCC/etc will have their own playoff.  That winner's fans can brag about how they could trounce the other champion if they had the chance.  


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