10 Questions with John Swofford
5. Involvement of Congress
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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RCS:  There's been a lot of discussion about whether, during an economic crisis, Congress and the federal government should be using time and resources to regulate college sports. But in a Sports Illustrated Op/Ed published this week, Senator Hatch argued, "There's no denying that college football is a business. Most schools advertise and market their teams as they would a commercial product. There are also television networks, advertisers and the corporate sponsors that invest in and profit from these bowl games. All told, the BCS games generate hundreds of millions of dollars every year. If the government were to ignore a similar business arrangement of this magnitude in any other industry, it would be condemned for shirking its responsibility."

Should Congress and the federal government investigate potential antitrust concerns with the BCS or are these hearings a poor allocation of resources?

Commissioner Swofford:  Each citizen can evaluate that.  Personally, I believe that these kinds of decisions should be made in the context of higher education.  The business aspects of college football are not new; they have been a factor in the regular season and post-season for over a half-century.

10 Questions with Commissioner Swofford

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