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Senate antitrust panel to investigate BCS

Published March 25, 2009 4:15 pm

Hatch on committee » He calls system 'un-American.'
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A Senate antitrust panel plans to investigate the fairness of the Bowl Championship Series at the urging of Sen. Orrin Hatch, who argues the system is not only unfair to schools like the undefeated University of Utah, but "un-American."

Hatch, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary's antitrust subcommittee, also announced he plans to introduce legislation to correct the injustice the BCS pushes on universities and colleges across the nation.

Hatch, along with subcommittee chairman Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., released a list of legislative priorities for this year; the panel will take on a load of items, including aviation competition, text messages and online advertising, as well as the BCS.

"This system's critics allege that the system is not only unfair to the football fans throughout the country, but also to the colleges and universities nationwide that depend on revenues from their football teams to fund their other athletic programs," Hatch and Kohl said in a statement.

"As I have said before, the BCS system is anti-competitive, unfair and un-American," Hatch said. "I am looking forward to exploring what legislative remedies might be applied to fix a system that violates our nation's antitrust laws by placing non-BCS universities at a serious competitive disadvantage."

The Utes won the Sugar Bowl, a BCS-sanctioned game against the University of Alabama, and although the team was undefeated, the BCS called the 13-1 University of Florida the national champions.

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