Senator Orrin Hatch launches new attacks on BCS

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  • Scott
    March 15, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    Keep up the good work Senator Hatch. You have a responsibility to see that the practices of these non-profit, tax-exempt universities are operating fairly and for the good of the public at large. It is a question of ethics. If these multi-million dollar operations are going to benefit from their tax-exempt status, let's demand they do it justly.

    College athletic competition is unfair! Even professional teams that operate for profit, do so more justly than colleges. The professional leagues take measures to see that new franchises can be competitive and operate in the black. The spending of billions of dollars is an important issue and worthy of the oversight of Congress.

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2010 2:06 a.m.

    HAHAHAHA!! "Go do something better with your time Senator" Well, if you're on here wasting your time commenting about how someone is wasting their time, I could say the same to you.

    It's a topic that means a lot to many people, so deal with it. Now, go enjoy life and let the people who love their college football get some work done, mommy and daddy are busy.

  • IdahoLuvsBYU
    March 11, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    I just read an article on Notre Dame stating they receive money from the BCS every year no matter how they play.

    Where is the fairness in that?

  • Amen
    March 10, 2010 2:31 p.m.

    Excellent job Senator Hatch! Also let the BOGUS BCS know that over the last 10 years including bowl games the MWC has the second highest winning percent next to the SEC when playing out-of-conference games. However the MWC is the winningest conference in that same stretch when Divison II schools are thrown out which means that the MWC is the best in non-conference games. There has not been a TRUE National Champion since the BCS and there will not be until there is a 32 or 16 team playoff system

  • gbc
    March 10, 2010 2:10 p.m.

    Mr Hacth seems like you promised to hold offoce for to terms and still are their and it sounds like to me your not to concerned about those that you are suppose to serve and help with the peoples bussuness of being able to have medical insurance.
    Mr Hactch what would happen to you fine men and women in the senate if you lost yours our if you had to take a pay cut for not getting your job done for us. Also maybe we the people need to see about haveing your pensions cut in half our at least try to get them inline with us the peoples pensions which is not the best.

  • I used to not care...
    March 10, 2010 1:32 p.m.

    But when I saw that the Fiesta Bowl was paying lobbyists, allegedly reimbursing employees for political contributions and flying state officials to football games around the country, I realized that they're all working it from the inside and we'll never get our chance.

    Remember who snubbed BYU in '96 for an 8-4 Texas??

    Go get 'em Sen. Hatch!

  • XPat
    March 10, 2010 1:15 p.m.

    Many people on this forum talk like this is an issue of football... This is not about sports, this is about billions of dollars being used to discriminate against selected groups of individuals. The NCAA charges millions and sets high standards for a university to get raised to Division I athletics and then excludes almost half of these same schools from fair competition in football (so far, more and more sports journalists are talking BCS in basketball as well). This is an issue for the government under anti-trust laws. If you owned a business and your competitors got together and decided that you didn't need a road to access your business you would be terribly upset. This is roughly what NCAAF is doing. Rumor has it that the BCS conferences are going to expand into about four super conferences with 16 teams each and everyone left out will not be part of the game. It would be more honest to just have the BCS, NAQ, and FCS as three different levels for football with a championship for each.

  • badlandcougar
    March 10, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    do what is right. fairness. amatuer athletics. because of the actions of the bcs, college sports will become professional, paying athletes to play for your school and reaping some of the millions of dollars being given to the bcs schools. senator hatch do what is right and fair. and disregard the bcs execs/attorneys blogging in to the denews in opposition, they get paid well for their efforts...their words reveal themselves.

  • kcatch9
    March 10, 2010 12:29 p.m.

    I can't help but come on here and make a comment to all of you who are saying Senator Hatch should not be worrying about this.

    If you don't think that the things that are going on in Football aren't some of the same things that contribute to the economic situation that our country is in, then you have no understanding of the economy at all.

    The same practices that are going on in Football are the practices that made the housing industry crumble, the banks go under, and millions to loose their jobs.

    The secrecy, non-disclosure, etc. that have gone on in football are exactly what happened in those other sectors. BCS Football practices are a microcosm of the bigger country as a whole. If we investigate BCS Football it may help us to better understand the overall picture in America.

  • Come on, people!!!
    March 10, 2010 11:21 a.m.

    Don't you realize that a senator can do more than one thing at a time? After submitting a proposal for a bill or something like that, is he supposed to twiddle his thumbs for the next few days and refuse to think about anything else besides the content of the bill? OF COURSE he can do other things! While waiting for the bill to get through or waiting for the next session, he is more than free to work on ANOTHER piece of legislation.

    Just one more question: do you people stare at the oven for the half hour that the cake is in the oven, or do you do something else?

  • Agenda
    March 10, 2010 10:00 a.m.

    Orrin is simply getting ready for his re-election.

    As a constituent, I would suggest a minor switch in his agenda.


    Orrin needs to work on his explanation of the "reconciliation" process which he and the Republicans have never used (well only used eight times) to "ram" through "pet" legislation.


  • Marty Borg
    March 10, 2010 9:45 a.m.

    That The BCS is telling Mr Hatch he has more important things to worry about tellsa me they don't want him looking around. If congress thinks that making laws to ensure women get as many schlorships as men, and that amuture athletes don't get paid. Then they sure as well better care if Not all schools get to share in the only athletic venue that makes money men football. Sorry womens soccer and mens track but Mens football PAYS for all that. So I don't think there is any more important thing my senator could be working on. If we want Utah and most other schools to have womens and some mens sports.

  • quit whinning
    March 10, 2010 9:38 a.m.

    The BCS conferences created the BCS so that they could protect and enrich their Bowl games that have a rich history in college sports. The BCS conferences took nothing away from non-BCS conferences. In fact, if you are good enough they invite you to a BCS game and give you a taste of the finances. The BCS created the wealth by creating great conferences and great bowl games.

    Many of us are tired of Ute and y fans crying about getting no respect. The same fans typically give BSU and other "lessor" conference schools little respect. Your constant droning on about the BCS is what has tarnished the sport.

  • Anonymous
    March 10, 2010 9:31 a.m.

    re: Corruption hath no end | 3:57 p.m. March 9, 2010

    "It surprises me that Hatch is focusing on this right now"

    It shouldn't. Its an emotional wedge issue and Orrin belongs to the GOP.

    Not only that its pandering to most of the electorate.

  • bluto
    March 10, 2010 9:31 a.m.

    I love how the BCS' retort is always, "Doesn't the Congress have better things to do"? Actually they do not.

    All Crooks and Criminals say the same thing when they're about to be or are being busted.

    Congress has a duty to look into unfair practices by anyone regarding Commerce, it's what they do.

    The US Constitution clearly states that The Federal Government has "oversight in regulating Interstate Commerce". The BCS, involves "Commerce".

    The BCS is all about Commerce and Collusion.

    We have Anti-Trust laws in this Country. You cannot collude to destroy your competition.

    The only two entities which have "Anti-Trust Exemptions" are Major League Baseball and the Insurance Industry. That's it!

    This Cartel needs to be busted up, just as the Monopolies in the early 20th century were.

    For Hatch to do otherwise, would be shirking his duty.

    You go Orrin. But, remember, the issue is not about who is number one or who goes to what bowl games, it is about the collusion and cornering of the market while systematically shutting out the competition.

    It's time to stop barking and bite back.

  • Division One Champ
    March 10, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    Forget it Hatch, you can't legislate a champion!

  • Lets use the standard line
    March 10, 2010 9:06 a.m.

    The BcS response--standard political defense line. "Isn't there something more important you should be doing?" Like he can't multi task. They could have also used "changing the BCS would benefit insurance companies (or big business, or the oil companies, or those evil right wing conservatives)." Or "this is just a tax cut for the rich." These lines are just as irrelevant but always seem to work when you don't' want to debate the issues.

  • What about Obamacare?
    March 10, 2010 9:01 a.m.

    Hatch is working on a BCS bill? Why?? The house is burning down and Hatch is trying to change the oil in the car. Holy cow, I think it is time for Orin to retire and get somebody that will stay out in front on the issues that really matter at the moment.

  • Grover
    March 10, 2010 9:00 a.m.

    So Hatch is in favor of a "government takeover" of the college football programs, but against a takeover of healthcare? Isn't that the "story" here?

  • problem
    March 10, 2010 8:56 a.m.

    the problem is money. if people think this isnt a problem...who funds colleges and do, unless they are private schools and institutions i.e. Notre Dame, USC, BYU, etc. So your taxes go to those schools. The schools still do help the athletic programs with money...go talk to an AD. With inflation and rising costs due to greedy people, your taxes will go to sports programs whether you like it or not. There is just not enough money. Hatch is going to try to make sure schools and programs get the money from BCS they are supposed to so universities dont have to get as much from your tax dollars. DUH!

    It just isnt about sports. Its about money, where it comes from, and where it is being distributed.

    FYI. Thank you title 9...not! ANother reason sports programs struggle and cant get the funds to support its programs. Title 9 has ruined programs from the money they deserve. Smaller sports programs (golf, soccer, etc) - go get your own money.

  • Howard
    March 10, 2010 8:42 a.m.

    Orrin focus on the real problems; how to stop the government take over of 1/6th of our economy and changing the laws to create a business friendly environment.

  • Just the Facts
    March 10, 2010 8:29 a.m.

    Fact 1: The BSC is unfair, and unfair on purpose.

    Fact 2: The sole reason Sen. Hatch is doing this is because he thinks it is good politics. This is not principled.

    Fact 3: There are many more things of greater importance that this for the U.S. Senate to do.

    Opinion 1: We ought to have a playoff system and it is not really all that hard to set it up.

    Opinion 2: Those persons who think Sen. Hatch is not conservative enough (and I am a conservative) have lost their minds.

  • Anonymous
    March 10, 2010 8:24 a.m.

    Go get 'em Senator! We're with ya.

  • Government Experience
    March 10, 2010 7:46 a.m.

    Anyone criticizing Senator Hatch has not experience with government. He is not spending very much time on this issue. He has a staff worker doing research, etc., and reporting back to him. Hatch spends a few minutes listening and giving feedback and new direction.

    Hatch's name is used because that gets the attention and respect.

    Don't let yourself believe that media coverage accurately reflects the amount of time politicians spend on each issue. The media is worries about what will we read. The media reports on what we will read, and does not address the issues of time allocation.

    Hatch is elected to represent the interests of his constituents, and his constituents are very interested in the BCS.

  • Don't Worry, Be Happy
    March 10, 2010 7:14 a.m.

    Don't worry about health care, or the government take over of of industries. Drink this BCS Kool Aid and let me and me cronies worry about your future for you, mon. And, oh, remember about how I worked so hard on your problems when I am up for re-election in a couple o' years.

  • Lets face it
    March 10, 2010 6:07 a.m.

    Orin Hatch wants to be reelected. How better way to get free publicity than to take on the favorite issue in Utah. He has nothing else to stand on.

  • Re: Re: Re: BCS BC | 7:34 p.m.
    March 10, 2010 1:26 a.m.

    I'm unfortunately more than familiar with the Sherman Act than I want to be. However, that Act and the examples you cite in your first paragraph involve anti-competive behavior that results in price increases and consumer injury. I fail to see the nexus between those examples and the BCS. I'm not arguing that the BCS is not unfair and anticompetitive, but not all unfair and anticompetitive behavior is illegal. Is it fair that AT&T is exclusive cell service provider for Apple's iPhone? NO! Is it illegal? Another NO! I just want somebody to explain to me clearly how the BCS is illegal, how precisely the Sherman Act applies, and how the BCS is not just another totally and completely legitimate contract that outsiders whine about as being unfair. Fair or unfair isn't the issue. Legal or illegal is the issue. In a response, please don't cut and paste Wikipedia entries (and footnotes!) describing the Sherman Antitrust Act. Everyone knows what it is and anyone can read it. I'm begging for somebody who can apply it.

  • Riggs
    March 10, 2010 1:03 a.m.

    True, the BCS is a totally corrupt organization. Jowever, porblem with the Hatch approach is that the Federal Government is even more corrupt. The NCAA should insist that no team should be eliminated by a standard other than at least one loss on the football field. There are enough weeks between the end of the regular football schedules and the Holidays to allow every undefeated team to be in the running for the national championship game. That would take care of the TXU/Boise State/Utah examples.

  • ok...?
    March 10, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    Nice timing! How about addressing serious issues man??!! BCS...are you serious? How about jobs, health care, crime, long-term deficit/debt and considering services like health care etc.

  • Re: Re: BCS BC | 7:34 p.m.
    March 9, 2010 9:49 p.m.

    It's all about the concept of competition, monopolies, and the Sherman Anti-trust Act of 1890. After 1890, Standard Oil, which had a stranglehold on the ever-increasingly important oil industry, was forced to break up into smaller companies, thus allowing for competition and lowering of prices. In 1983 the same thing happened to AT&T. Whenever you have one company that controls a certain market, they can and will jack up the prices as high as they can. It's human nature, unfortunately.

    In college football we are in a similar situation with the BCS conferences and their unbelievably lucrative TV deals and guaranteed access to BCS bowls. They get tens of millions of dollars more than the non-BCS schools each year. Thus, they have better facilities and an obviously greater ability to attract the best high school athletes. Under the current system, non-BCS schools will keep getting weaker as a result of fewer dollars, and less prestige. Non-BCS schools are, obviously, at an unfair competitive disadvantage in this multi-billion dollar industry.

    P.S. Thank you, Senator Hatch, for stepping in on this extremely important issue.

  • Re: BCS
    March 9, 2010 9:37 p.m.

    Hatch and Baucus requested information about several developments that they said raise "additional questions" about the fairness of the BCS.
    For example, they said press reports during the bowl season said conferences that sent one team each to BCS bowls would receive $18.5 million each.
    "However, news accounts indicate that both the Mountain West Conference and the Western Athletic Conference, both of which are non-privileged conferences which sent one team to the BCS, received only a fraction of the revenue paid to the six privileged conferences that also sent one team," they wrote.

    The senators said they want to know why.

  • Re: BCS
    March 9, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    The BCS’s Revenue Distribution Suppresses Inter-Conference Competition: BCS apologists cite “greater access” by noting the recent history of “non-BCS” teams participating in BCS bowls (e.g., Utah, Boise State, Hawaii). However, even when a little guy knocks out Goliath, the BCS formulas nonetheless send nearly all monetary proceeds back to the six automatic qualifying conferences. Thus, last year, the 0-12 Washington Huskies still came away with more BCS money than the 13-0 Sugar Bowl Champion Utah Utes. Playoff PAC acknowledges that life is not fair, and that the money in football is created by those teams with the fan bases and the marketing heft. Nonetheless, fans are rightly frustrated that the BCS formula sets the distribution in stone and in advance, which establishes a self-reinforcing caste system that harms the competitiveness, breadth, and excitement of this game.

  • Re: BCS
    March 9, 2010 9:33 p.m.

    In 2008-2009, the five non-automatic qualifying conferences (Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference, Sun Belt Conference, and WAC) shared $18.3 million. Had the University of Utah not played in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, the five conferences would have shared $9.6 million.[4]

    The six automatic qualifying conferences have received 87.4 percent of BCS revenue over the past four years. By comparison, during the past five years, these six conferences have received only 61 percent of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament revenue.[5]

    In 2008-2009, 6-loss Notre Dame earned $1.3 million from the BCS. Undefeated University of Utah netted $1.5 million.

  • A different view point
    March 9, 2010 9:32 p.m.

    Could it be that Senator Hatch is pandering to the masses in the same manner that the Roman leadership pandered to the masses with the battles in the arenas in Rome?

    Something to take the minds of the unwashed masses off more weighter issues.

  • Hey Kids
    March 9, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    I applaud Orin!!! This country would be much better off if our congress was only in session for 60 days. Limit the damage these fools can do. Yet Orin is smart. Football is all that really matters. Forget healthcare. My healthcare rocks. If Orin can get the BCS straighten around, my Cougars can get some of that 18 million paycheck. Heck, thanks, Orin. YOU ROCK!!!

  • It is his responsibility
    March 9, 2010 8:33 p.m.

    Unfair monopoly business practices, is the business of congress. Anti-trust is the business of congress. The current BCS racket is the business of congress.

    Remember the BCS conferences are run by College Presidents, who's salaries are paid by tax payer dollars, and they are running a private business (conferences and BCS are private businesses) and they are running them on the time and salary the tax payers are paying.

    So yes this is congresses business.

    Now there are some private colleges involved like BYU, but the point is, tax payer money is involved.

  • re:The reason..... | 3:14 p.m.
    March 9, 2010 7:45 p.m.

    Wow, I would love for Utah to be in the PAC-10.

    That would give BYU another PAC-10 (PAC-12) team to drub on a yearly basis.

    Of course their record in the PAC-12 would be so sorry they would hurt the old RPI, but it still would be fun.

    Let the Utes go, and make the MWC stronger, and more prestigous!!!

  • Re: BCS BC
    March 9, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    Well, this self-proclaimed dummy also happens to be an economist and a corporate lawyer, so I find the topic particularly interesting. I still haven't seen a decent argument articulating precisely how the BCS is illegal. Do you want to take a stab? I'm all ears!

  • BCS BC
    March 9, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    Explaining something as complicated as anti-trust law to "a self-proclaimed dummy" would be an exercise in futility.

  • BCS
    March 9, 2010 5:51 p.m.

    Could somebody please explain to me, a self-proclaimed dummy, exactly how the BCS violates U.S. antitrust laws? Please be thorough in your analysis and cite all precedential authority.

  • re: may be for not
    March 9, 2010 5:45 p.m.

    or may be for naught? A Boise State education is priceless.

  • Dear Orrin
    March 9, 2010 5:44 p.m.

    I'm a U fan and can't stand the BSC. However, how about working to fix the health care system, Orrin? Like, before I get laid off and no longer have insurance because I can't afford the outrageous health care premiums on my own! Then, when I get a new job, get turned down for health insurance because of a pre-existing knee condition! After all, Orrin- you supported the same health care reform in the ninties before you flip-flopped.

    Quit being an obstructionist, quit being a flip-flopper, quit fighting over college football, and fix health care!!

  • Why do people care
    March 9, 2010 5:43 p.m.

    If you aren't a college football fan, why should you even care whether Senator Hatch addresses the problem of the BCS.

    You are all so small minded that you think everyone else in the world has a one-track mind like yourselves.

    It is possible for a U.S. Senator to juggle numerous issues all at once; that's why they each have a large staff of dedicated professionals working for them.

    If you're so concerned about other people wasting time, get off the blogs and find something more useful to do, like solving world hunger.

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    If the BCS is illegal, why hasn't the DOJ or FTC jumped all over it? Why does Congress need to get involved?

    Moreover, the BCS enables schools like BSU and Utah to get access to far more revenue than they deserve. They get to beat up on a bunch of true weaklings and then run off with money generated by the fans of BCS schools. If BYU and Utah are being shafted from revenue, go earn it. If the schools were relevant enough and if the fanbases were large enough, revenue wouldn't be an issue.

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2010 5:34 p.m.

    Hatch hasn't written a song about this yet?

    To think I used to respect this guy... when I was in high school.

  • re: Eddie
    March 9, 2010 5:29 p.m.

    If all the non-BCS schools banded together and created their own league and had their own championship, NOBODY WOULD CARE. It would be like NFL Europe, and likely even less profitable.

  • katamb-midvale
    March 9, 2010 5:16 p.m.

    Gosh Senator Hatch - there are 8 billion (with a B) more important things. I'd feel so much better if you focused on something that was actually important and relevant. Sports are made to be too much in this country.

  • Why ignore corruption?
    March 9, 2010 5:15 p.m.

    Corruption is corruption. Why should we turn a blind eye to corruption in college football? Who better to attack the BCS than Utah's Hatch where Utah and BYU both have been dissed by the BCS.Yes, there are other more important issues, but why ignore this one? An issue that effects the morale of the colleges and the people in this state?

  • Home sweet Home
    March 9, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    I can't believe that two of the longest tenure senators can find the time to work the BCS issue now.

    Baucus is the one that introduced the 2,000+ page Health care bill in Congress. He is worthless for Montana and the country. And I think he has a little drinking problem when he speaks on the Senate floor.

    The BCS has to many allies in Goverment to answer these questions. Blaw blaw blaw. Hatch and Baucus should stay home and work for the people. Oh yah, they both have been in Washington for over a decade and still have not got anything done.

  • re: Anonymous | 4:27 p.m.
    March 9, 2010 5:02 p.m.

    You're so delusional it's scary.

    BYU will actually have a better chance of regularly playing in BCS games by staying in the MWC, than Utah will have playing in the PAC 12.

    Hope U enjoy finishing in the middle of the conference every year.

  • Dave
    March 9, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    I have not voted for Hatch once, but I'm fully behind him on this one.

    To all of you who say this is just about football, and therefore there are far more important htings to wrry about, I have only this to say.

    All of you who are being negative towards Hatch on this issue, questioning his priorities is apparently all you have. That's just not good enough. You can't seem to argue with the financial disparity.

    I'm all in favor of my senators making efforts to break up a monopoly. A monopoly which results in U of Utah, BYU, and USU being hosed out of millions of dollars annually. Since that is exactly what is occurring here, my only question is where are Bennett, Matheson (who I DID vote for), Chaffetz and Bishop on this? They're derelict in representing their constituents here.

  • to Anonymous | 4:27 p.m
    March 9, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    From the look of your post, the U should be spending its money on educating its students instead of football.

  • Leonard Lords
    March 9, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    I live in SEC country in Georgia, when I ask the guys in the break room about their teams playing Utah or BYU they simply say because we have little to gain by winning and too much to lose if they beat us. BYU, Boise and Utah are three of the most exciting teams in all of college football, the rest of the country needs to be able to see teams like these more often.
    I commend Senator Hatch for his efforts!

  • Daniel
    March 9, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    a lot of people on this thread don't understand that the reason Senator Hatch and others allocate some time and effort to this issue is because the current system financially hurts our schools. It's about equity, but also about money. Ending the BCS and creating a fair system would bring more money to Utah and the Mountain West region. This is much less of a football issue as it is an economic issue. Keep it up Sen. Hatch!

  • Thank You
    March 9, 2010 4:42 p.m.

    Thank you senetor Hatch for trying to stick up for the little guy. If you can't do more than one thing at a time you shouldn't be in congress. If congress does not work on brining the BCS to its knees no one else will.

  • may be for not
    March 9, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    In the end, Boise State may end all this by years end. They were highly ranked last year and they lost very few players. They have a chance to start the season in the top 5 and run the table. If they do, they have a real chance of playing for the national title. And thus end the BcS debate.
    And to Justin, the coaches at the U make all that money because their programs make all that money. If the Arts program made millions every year, their instructors would make big money as well.

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2010 4:27 p.m.

    I hope the BCS puts Orin in his place. As a Utes fan who's team will be heading to the PAC 10, I could care less about all this BCS talk. In fact, I would love nothing more than the Y'ners forever stuch in early December bowls.

    Utes have kinda outgrown such BCS talk.

  • Thanks Sen. Hatch
    March 9, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    for having the courage to stick up for the little guys.

    That's one of the principle reasons we have U.S. Senators, to keep the big states from dominating the little states.

    In this case, the conferences in the big media markets, from dominating the conferences in the small media markets.

  • to Polish and Proud | 3:57 p.m
    March 9, 2010 4:20 p.m.

    Even the staunchest conservative would agree that the government definitely has a hand in breaking up monopolies. If they have any understanding of economics, at least.

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2010 4:14 p.m.

    How about we focus on EDUCATION instead of the friggin' BSC. Sure, it needs to be fixed, but so does Utah EDUCATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BCS = "Pool" party
    March 9, 2010 4:07 p.m.

    BCS is a betting league. They don't care who in all the smaller leagues is good. They just care about the Big League names and getting the bang for the betting buck.

  • Justin
    March 9, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    Why are our nation's colleges and universities even involved in this semi-pro sports business? Let the NBA and the NFL start their own farm leagues, like Major League Baseball does. If you want to see evidence of America's decline in global standing, look at the fact that the BASKETBALL COACH was the highest paid staff member at the U of U for several years (and may still be).

    You want to fix the problem, Orrin? Get universities out of the sports business. I suspect you're just looking for another populist shiny-keys issue to distract your constituents from your legacy of failure.

    I think I smell a flag burning somewhere.

  • Corruption hath no end
    March 9, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    It surprises me that Hatch is focusing on this right now--I think we have more important things (health care, jobs/economy, immigration, national security, terrorism, identity theft, etc.) to be worrying about.

    I think Sen. Hatch is getting a little too cozy in Washington from all those years there--it's about time to bring in someone new.

    The BCS can be dealt with later--for you sports fans out there--get involved with politics and what's taking place in your country, because you won't have a BCS to fight about if you don't get informed and involved soon.

  • Polish and Proud
    March 9, 2010 3:57 p.m.

    It's the inconsistency that I marvel out. All we hear from Hatch, Bishop, et al is that the federal government should not be the answer to all problems and stop "interfereing" and yet here he goes again looking for a problem that he can legislate to death. Then if the President agrees I GUARANTEE Hatch will disagree. Maybe he can turn it into a country song !

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2010 3:55 p.m.

    It isn't just the people of Utah that want a playoff system and an equitable revenue sharing system among all colleges and universities.

    Go Orrin, bust up this monopoly that makes college football a farce.

  • wallofvoodoo
    March 9, 2010 3:49 p.m.

    Why does he insist in wasting tax payer money!!!!??????

  • Hoser
    March 9, 2010 3:46 p.m.

    I don't get the argument that Sen. Hatch is wasting time on this??? If the BCS was a steel company that was making over 500 million a year by breaking monopoly laws, would anyone question his motives? The BCS is a corrupt institution and needs to be stopped.

  • Really???
    March 9, 2010 3:46 p.m.

    @ zbob

    I do believe I just threw up in my mouth.


  • kge
    March 9, 2010 3:42 p.m.

    Yes, economy and jobs are priority #1 followed closely by security/defense. This may seem rather trival, unless your school (UTAH, TCU or BOISE) is the one the BCS process is shorting $$$. I commend Senators Hatch and Bacus for bring some degree of accountability to the BCS.

  • Let Hatch do the talking
    March 9, 2010 3:34 p.m.

    The BC$ needs to be taken down and it takes some bigger voices to sink this ship. I'm all for letting Orrin Hatch/any politician uncover the truth of this scam. It's beeen going on way too long and it must come to and end. People won't listen to regulars like us, let alone a group of people from Utah. Orrin Hatch is very powerful and an experienced senator. I give him all the credit in the world for leading this charge. Mr. Hatch, tear down this BC$ wall!!!

  • Wonderful
    March 9, 2010 3:32 p.m.

    Thank you Senator Hatch. It's also great to have Senator Baucus on board!

  • Priorities?
    March 9, 2010 3:27 p.m.

    Orrin- is this the issue that you think is most important for the future of our nation?

    Where were you when Sen Bunning was trying to get the Senate to follow its own rules and find funding before passing a $10 BILLION spending bill last week? Was that less important than football championships?

    Hatch has the wrong priorities and should resign, and if not, then he MUST be replaced when his term is up.

    "What do you call a Senator who has been in Washington for two full terms? You call him home." Candidate Orrin Hatch when running for his first of many terms. Good advice we should follow for both Hatch and Bennett.

  • we'll see
    March 9, 2010 3:26 p.m.

    "By June, Utah will be announced along with Colorado as new members of the Pac-12."

    sure they will, and cows will fly

  • Carter
    March 9, 2010 3:21 p.m.

    All you guys writing about how horrible President Obama is really need to get a life. It would just as bad if Senator McCain, or former Governor Romney was running the show. You all need to show respect to the President of the UNITED States of America. If you don't like how things are being run, why not change your pathetic lives and do something about it. It takes a big person to run for these different offices, but anyone with a keyboard can talk trash behind their computers. Calling the President simply Obama is a disgrace. Also, for those of you complaining about Senator Hatch, look up something called the Sherman Anti-Trust Act as well as countless other bits of legislation. What the BCS is doing is illegal. Who cares if it's only College Football? Apparently we all do, because we read the article and took time to post our opinions. That is all. GO UTES

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2010 3:19 p.m.

    If the good senator wants to take this on then let him. I am getting sick of all you haters.

  • The reason.....
    March 9, 2010 3:14 p.m.

    for Hatch to keep this going is to sooth BYU fans.

    By June, Utah will be announced along with Colorado as new members of the Pac-12.

    TCU could be on the move to replace Colorado in the Big 12.

    And BYU will be left, along with possibly Boise St., to fend for the scraps from the BCS in a terribly weakened MWC.

    So before you guys kill Hatch for this, just think of it a preemptive strike on behalf of distrought BYU Cougar fans.

  • Appropriate use of time
    March 9, 2010 3:13 p.m.

    Senator Hatch is doing something appropriate. Complaining that he should be fixing abortion, Obama, Iraq etc. is yielding to the insane delusion that Congress can fix those things. The BCS -- now that may be fixable.

    If Congress would pass fewer bills, and the federal bureaucracy would create fewer regulations, things would be better in this country, not worse. Gridlock in Washington is a GOOD THING!

  • worth the time
    March 9, 2010 3:13 p.m.

    If you do not think sports are a priority, then look at the number of comments that are made on most sports stories.
    usually they hold at least eights spots in the top ten most comments.
    Sports are what people care about more then anything else.

  • re: Dear "Other Concerns"
    March 9, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    Funny, I'll bet your vote previous went to George W. Bush.

    Who ran this country into the ground on his way out the door.

    So see, your vote does make a difference.

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2010 3:09 p.m.

    Go Senator Hatch GO!

  • Dear "Other Cocerns"
    March 9, 2010 3:06 p.m.

    If my vote won't change the war on Iraq, Abortion, and Obama running this country into the ground, I am going to care about getting rid of the BCS. Football brings me joy, others things, not as much. period.

  • Clovis fan
    March 9, 2010 2:57 p.m.

    Thank you Senator Hatch for your efforts. The BCS system is one of the biggest frustrations of millions of college football fans everywhere, and not just fans of the non BCS schools. Many argue that there are more important things to spend your time on. There are lots of important things and fixing the flawed and BCS system that borders on fraud is one of the important things for you to do.
    With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake and millions of people affected. This IS worth your time. A true division I college football playoff would add tremendously to and already great sport.
    Keep up the good work!

  • zbob
    March 9, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    I applaud Sen. Hatch in pursuing the BCS. It's about fairness and money in college football.

    I am so supportive of his actions that I think it is worthy to have him step down from his current position as our Senator and chase this as a high note to end his illustrious career.

    In the meantime, we can have a Senator in Washington that has the interests of his constituents in mind as he raises his voice to counter the absurdities that are occuring in the running of our federal government.

    Do it for us Orrin!

  • If focused are you lazy?
    March 9, 2010 2:47 p.m.

    It is called multi-tasking. I'm sure everyone does it. So get off of the "isn't there more pressing needs" argument. It does not hold any water.

  • Nope
    March 9, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    ...there is nothing else constructive that can be done. Obama has his Democrats in Congress all tied up in a knot because they cannot pass his precsious Obamacare - nothing is moving through Congress.

  • Eddie
    March 9, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    Here's an idea. Why don't all the schools that do not belong to the BCS start behaving like the BCS and just have their own National Championship. If people got on board with this and declared a national champion (undefeated of course), the BCS people would go crazy and then, I believe, it would force a play-off system. Just beating them-up in regular games is just like water off of a ducks back. True we would not get the money for a few years but isn't that what is happening now?

  • mikey
    March 9, 2010 2:41 p.m.

    Mr. Hatch, with all that is going on right now why must you put any energy after this. It is so time for you to be put out to pasture. I hope republicans don't get the idea that the tea party anger is against only democrats. its about lame politicians who use their time incorrectly as much as it is about the misuse of dollars. You have far more important things to be doing with your time than worrying about football and music. I'm sure he must think that he's standing up for Utahns as he fights for our rights to compete for bowl games. I am so convinced that all politicans in DC have totally lost their foothold on reality.

    don't let the door hit you on the way out the door.

  • blueman
    March 9, 2010 2:39 p.m.

    Go for it Hatch I couldnt agree more with you on this matter. Someone needs to step up to the plate and fight these money hungary BCS people. The only thing worse in this world right now is Obamas health care package.

  • Fix the health care first
    March 9, 2010 2:38 p.m.

    Come on government!!

  • Anonymous
    March 9, 2010 2:37 p.m.

    Get over it, Hatch. Direct your simple-minded populism somewhere else.

  • PigeonToedOrangePeel
    March 9, 2010 2:37 p.m.

    I think there are other injustices in the nation that good old Hatch should be worrying about other then football. Come on Orin work on something that matters in the long run, quit worrying about this distraction and do something that will help all people. What a waste of time and recourses, but that’s what he is surrounded by, a bunch of politicians that do nothing but waste time and resources. Why don’t you focus on something that matters. BCS, it’s not going to change so Hatch why don’t you look into trying to stop child/sex slave trafficking in our country that would be a great place to start, no you have to fight the injustices of college football, way to go big Scooby…………

    Yea I might sound way to seriuos but so are some of the issues that these Guys skirt around

  • Other concerns???
    March 9, 2010 2:33 p.m.

    Isn't there anything else going on in Washington D.C. that can keep you busy right now? The BCS should be way down on the list of concerns.