An anti-trust lawsuit three decades ago broke the NCAA's monopoly on televised
college football games. Now it's time for another anti-trust lawsuit to break
the BCS's stranglehold on college football's post-season.A 16-team
playoff with every ranked conference champion and the next 5 or 6 highest ranked
teams is the only fair and logical way of determining a true major college
football national champion. If it's already being done in the lower divisions,
there's absolutely no logical reason why it can't be done at the major college
level.Can't wait to see the song and dance the NCAA comes up with to
try to justify the BCS.
My question is: what does this have to do with anything? It is only a game, one
that some folks make a lot of money at while others lose a lot of money at. But
it does not affect anyone but those who like the game. If you do not like the
way playoffs are done by NCAA, go watch a different game.
Ron1You obviously aren't a sports fan. The playoffs aren't done by
the NCAA. They are done by the BCS. That is the problem!
College sports is big time money Ron 1 that goes beyond the sporting world and
brings money into the state, community and school in ways not fully realized and
understood. Our Dept. of Justice should be looking at these issues, it is no
different than looking into the legality of trusts at the turn of last century.
The stakes are large and have huge economic impacts beyond the sport itself.
Winning a national title brings prestige and monies to a school. I know a lot
of people don't like sports and easily dismiss this as "it's just a bunch
of dumb jocks playing a kids game yada yada yada," but its real impacts,
like or not, go well beyond that narrow view...
Ron1 Major college football is a multi-BILLION dollar business that
has a huge economic impact on communities throughout the country, no more a game
than any other multi-billion dollar entertainment business. To dismiss it as a
"game" is like dismissing Disney as simply the owner of an amusement
Sorry, sports fans.The mere fact that anyone is taking seriously
that this should be a "federal case" is a sign of how far our country
has declined.Here we are with some people worrying about football
games, the modern equivalent of bread and circuses. Top law enforcement
officials are pondering the legalities, and solutions to what bunch of pampered
athletes might be declared champions at running, throwing a ball and knocking
each other down.Meanwhile, our country is teetering on bankruptcy,
there are millions of people here illegally, terrorists have been engaged in a
war on the U.S. (and all of Christendom) for over a decade, and assorted serious
criminals ply their trade unmolested.Every public official
(including AG Shurtleff and Senator Hatch) who has wasted a single moment or
uttered a sentence urging pursuit of the Bowl Championship Series
"problem" should be ashamed of themselves, or of voters who think that
is something important.Good grief, are Americans really that
uninformed about what problems our nation faces? The college BCS silliness is
not even in the top 100 list.Or, are our problems even worse than I
A very craftily worded question. Go get 'em!Asking the NCAA to explain why
there exists one entity among many that deviate from the playoff model is a wise
way to go about this. It is not accusatory nor is it designed give the NCAA an
out. Rather, an explanation and it had better be darn good or I see them
actually moving forward with the suit.
The reason we do not have a Playoff for NCAA Division 1 Football is because of
the "$" money. Money controlled by the current BCS system. The ones
who have it will not let the rest of the teams into the party. Follow the money
and you will identify the blocking force.
Utah's AG has nothing better to do? Really, the BCS monopoly
affects all 50 states. Why aren't the other 49 AG's hopping up and down over
this? Yes, the BSC is un-fair, but aren't there other real issues
in Utah than the BCS deal for Mark Shurtleff to work on?
Part of the reason for the DOJ is to enforce law and make sure the bullies play
fair. This may not be the most important issue on the docket, but it needs to
be fair for all involved. When billions of dollars are involed it affects many
people. Corruption in any form, in any venue should not be tolerated and needs
to be eradicated.TheSportsAuthority - I agree. An option to fill
the holes in the 16-bracket would be to put all the conference 2nd place teams
in a hat and draw for it. Either way it would be a far cay better than what we
UtahUte16 | 8:25 p.m. May 4, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT Ron1You obviously aren't a sports fan. The playoffs aren't done by the NCAA. They
are done by the BCS. That is the problem! ===Ute16 is correct.
The reason the government has an interest is if this is antitrust (it is), the
money could be shifted to the NCAA, benefitting all schools, some of them being
state run schools in Utah, and taking the big money away from
"Corporations"...It will transform football the way the
the NCAA Basketball tournament replaced the NIT.NCAA basketball at
this point pays for all tournaments from money made in March!
The NCAA is just like the mafia in this case. They are controlling the money
and the big bosses get it and the little bosses don't! It is as simple as
that.It is corruption, pure and simple--the way that the presidents
of the large colleges control the money. I hope that DOJ does put the heat to
the NCAA over this and I hope that Shjurleff's lawsuit costs the NCAA big bucks
in damages to the smaller schools.
@ Ron 1, DN Suscriber and others who oppose this:Anyone in your
family ever use the State's system of higher education or pay Utah State income
taxes? Those who do are the ones getting the short end of the stick regarding
the big money of college football. Truly there's an economic parameter to the
business of college athletics and those who have gerrymandered the system to
favor themselves at the expense of others have violated the nation's anti-trust
laws.And yes, it is a big deal and getting bigger. If you don't
believe that just look at the TV deals that are being negotiated. What's wrong
with all teams being treated fairly? Why are some "more equal" than
others? There's enough bowl games the playoffs could easily
accomodate 32 teams, which is just one more game for the eventual winner and
loser at the final championship event and only 'one game period' for 16 of the
32 teams that lose the first contest....when using a "win or go home"
format like basketball.Don't make the playoffs too restrictive or the same
issues will resurface in a different format.
God forbid the government is able to enjoy sports as well.. I would hate to let
these men/women to be able to improve something in our nation.
Love the big Bowls. Long live the BCS!
The post season could be so much more than it is if there were a 16 team
playoff. Out of 30+ bowl games we are lucky to get half a dozen good games. The
reason there is such a discrepancy in the nations division 1 programs is that
the money is controlled by those who do not want parity. They will lose power
and money if there is change. Make sure each team that goes to a bowl does not
lose money, maybe even guarantee each team a profit of $500,000.00 Minimum.
Split the remainder in half with half going to the bowl participants pro-rated
so the higher ranked bowls get 5X the amount the lowest bowls get. The other
half can be distributed to the conferences to support all of the schools
athletic programs. The current BCS schools already have their TV contract money
and that will continue to give them an advantage. The bowl money should be used
to close the gap.
"the best course of action" is to take the BCS down. Let the money
flow to ALL who show during the season that they deserve it. Back in 2004, I
think that the only team that the U would have had problems beating is Auburn.
They never got the chance to show the nation that they were the best team in
college football that season. Let the playoffs begin!
College sports is multi-BILLION dollar industry. Monopoly is thievery. That's
why attorney's general and federal officials should be concerned about it.While those billions are being collected, an athletic scholarship comes
$6000 per year short of paying an athlete's expenses. That's another reason the
A.G.'s should spend time on it.Finally, while BCS schools get
millions to spend on facilities, other public universities are losing money on
athletics.I could keep going, but dialogue is wasted on deaf ears.