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Published: Wednesday, May 4 2011 7:00 p.m. MDT

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TheSportsAuthority
Arlington, VA

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.

Ron1
Layton, UT

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.

UtahUte16
Salt Lake City, UT

Ron1

You obviously aren't a sports fan. The playoffs aren't done by the NCAA. They are done by the BCS. That is the problem!

eagle
Provo, UT

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...

royalblue
Alpine, UT

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 park.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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 ever imagined?

MESOUTE
Karchaj, A.V.

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.

Rick for Truth
Provo, UT

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.

Red Smith
American Fork, UT

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?

IJ
Hyrum, Ut

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 have.

Veritas Aequitas
Fruit Heights, UT

UtahUte16 | 8:25 p.m. May 4, 2011
Salt Lake City, UT
Ron1

You obviously aren't a sports fan. The playoffs aren't done by the NCAA. They are done by the BCS. That is the problem!
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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!

Bearone
Monroe, UT

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.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

@ 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.

jazzer
St. George, UT

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.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

Love the big Bowls. Long live the BCS!

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

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.

MJB
Tooele, UT

"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!

In My Humble Opinion
South Jordan, UT

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.

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