2 UVSC profs deem BCS unethical

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  • michael
    Sept. 20, 2007 8:03 p.m.

    Based on the DMN's story, neither of these two professors have read much on antitrust law. Dr. Fransworth appears an expert in Asia studies and Dr. Moore appears an expert in geography. Dr. Moore is the faculty representative to the athletics departments. His comments then are more troubling.

    The WAC and the remaining non-major football conference must provide evidence of a restraint of trade to prove an antitrust violation. This standard exists in USFL v. NFL, which the NFL did lose. The Oklahoma case does not apply unless the NCAA claims it is protecting competitive balance.

    The courts have consistently upheld the NCAA's rule making powers in order to protect competitive balance. Thus, the argument is akin to a hail mary.

    Unless the NCAA specifically prohibit the non-major conferences from conducting their own playoff, then non-major conferences may not prevail at trial. It has been about 7 years since I last read the NCAA manual. Absent that express prohibition, an antitrust case is a long shot.

    These two faculty members should read more case law.

  • I am Shocked
    Sept. 20, 2007 1:26 p.m.

    What rock have these guys been hiding under? My 9 yr old son figured out a long time ago that the BCS is unethical and favors the choosen few. Hope my tax dollars aren't going to these guys with such future studies as "Hare Raising: The Easter Bunny- Fact or Fiction" or "Kris Krigle: The Truth about Santa Claus".