10 Questions with John Swofford
2. Political Pandering
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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‹‹ 1. Purpose of the BCS 3. Congressional Help ››

RCS:  This Tuesday, Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah is holding hearings in the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee to consider whether the BCS violates antitrust laws. We recently interviewed Senator Hatch about this topic to which San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist Ray Ratto responded by calling Hatch "the senior senator from the University of Utah athletic department."

How much do you think political pandering is a factor in calling these hearings?

Commissioner Swofford: Well it’s hard to say.  These will be the fourth set of hearings since the BCS’s inception 11 years ago.  Much of the time, the criticism of the BCS heats up when there’s a particular school that feels it deserves the chance to play in the championship game and does not receive that opportunity.  If you look back historically you will see that.  And there appears to be that direct relationship again with these hearings, to a degree.

From the beginning, the group has been very diligent through its legal counsel in making sure the BCS arrangement is in compliance with the anti-trust laws.  Obviously when you have this many conferences and individual institutions committed to the BCS system; each of them is going to make every effort at compliance with the law.  We’ve been assured by our legal counsel that the BCS is in compliance.

10 Questions with Commissioner Swofford

‹‹ 1. Purpose of the BCS 3. Congressional Help ››

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