Hatch antitrust panel to tackle BCS

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  • Re: Hatch off at 11:44 am
    March 26, 2009 11:03 p.m.

    I hate to say it, but I think you are right. There have been complaints about the unfairness of college football since the beginning of time, but yet it never seems to be resolved. I fear that Hatch and Shurtleff are just using this to improve their image, especially since Shurtleff is considering running against Bob Bennett for Senator or for Governor when Huntsman vacates his position. I hope they prove me wrong. However, if in the end they fizzle out with a wimper, I think they should be criticized even more that the college football system.

  • thorn
    March 26, 2009 9:39 p.m.

    This is a great idea.

    Let's fix other sports too. Make it illegal in baseball for the Yankees to have a bigger payroll than the Reds. Force NASCAR teams to evenly split all sponsorship dollars. Demand that all soccer matches NOT be allowed to end in a tie.

    Heck, just do away with championships completely and let Congress debate and vote on who the best team was.

  • It is....
    March 26, 2009 4:21 p.m.

    too bad that we think that the government is the answer to all the problems that we have. I guess we just don't know how to solve our problems anymore.

  • Anonymous
    March 26, 2009 3:00 p.m.

    Hatch your time is better served by not coming down to the same level as whiners. These schools knew the rules before they became part of the BCS. They have nothing to pout about.

  • Anonymous
    March 26, 2009 1:55 p.m.

    The serious issues will never be resolved because Washington is too corrupt to conform to the standards that will make the world a better to place to live in. The BCS is really the only type of thing that they can really fix.

  • cmdrfrog
    March 26, 2009 12:24 p.m.

    Hatch is a shill for the RIAA or whoever else wants to buy him off then Tricks Utah voters with cultural bullcrap like this into voting for him.

    A reasonable citizen might ask the question, what business does the federal government have intervening, or even wasting time and money discussing the rules of a football league?

  • Hatch off
    March 26, 2009 11:44 a.m.

    Hatch is after press attention. He is so shrewd when it comes to gobbling up the spotlight. He's known in D.C. to wear TV makeup all day in the off chance he gets an interview. Hatch's efforts won't change the system. He is just a slick, popular-appealing politician tooking to make headlines.

    In terms of looking out for his state...Utah ranks near the bottom in terms of education aid returned to the state per student. Hatch lives in Virginia year round and his son has carved out nice living as a high-paid coporate lobbist. Hatch doesn't care about Utah. He only cares about himself. I would tell you to ask Orrin where his priorities are, but then again, it's not often you get a chance to see him.

  • UteMan
    March 25, 2009 11:04 p.m.

    If Congress is able to change the rules on the BCS, then we'll only have one thing to complain about, BYU.

    Leave it alone and solve the economy. The country is in BIG TROUBLE. We need Congress to spend time on serious issues. If things don't change, I won't be able to afford to go to the games.

  • Antitrust Results...
    March 25, 2009 9:56 p.m.

    I hope that Congress can take care of the BCS once and for all. They are taking the best avenue to gain nationwide support for the change and hopefully it will pay off.

    Now, my question is: If the lawsuit is successful and the BCS is found to have violated Anti-Trust laws, what kind of damages can the "Mid Majors" hope for? The BCS has already funneled hundreds of Millions of dollars to the "Big Six" and their future "earnings" should be garnished to repay the smaller conferences their fair share of what they have been denied.

    Anyone agree?

  • yeah hatch
    March 25, 2009 6:17 p.m.

    i don't agree with the senator on most of his personal beliefs and views, but you'd be hard-pressed to find somebody who looks out for his state and his country more consistently.

  • Cats
    March 25, 2009 6:01 p.m.

    As a loyal Cougar, I was at the Sugar Bowl this year and cheered like crazy for Utah. I think it is pretty clear that Utah got robbed.

    When BYU won the National Championship in 1984, the BCS was formed to make sure that NEVER happened again. That is, that a school from a "less worthy" conference would never have a chance to win the championship again.

    These guys have a monopoly on many millions of dollars in profits for the BCS schools as well as the best pick of the recruits. How can schools from other conferences have a chance. Well, Mountain States schools have proved their worthiness with sheer determination.

    Congratulations to Orrin Hatch, Mark Shurtleff, Joe Barton and all other public officials who are trying their best to break up this UNAMERICAN monopoly.

    Go Cougars!! We're going for our NEXT National Championship.

  • Reform Now!
    March 25, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    It is about time!!! Go Utah!

  • BCS hater
    March 25, 2009 5:49 p.m.

    It's about time! Thank you Sen Hatch.