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12 Questions With Senator Orrin Hatch
6. BCS Legislation
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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RCS: This week the BCS commissioners are attending the Collegiate Commissioners Association meeting in Colorado Springs. At the meeting, the Denver Post reported that the Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson will propose a BCS restructuring plan, including new conference qualification requirements and a special committee to determine end-of-season rankings.

But according to BCS administrator Bill Hancock, support for Thompson's plan among BCS Commissioners "has been limited." If BCS Commissioners are completely dismissive of Thompson's plan, does it make it more likely that there will be some kind of BCS legislation?

Sen. Hatch: Well, I think the first order of business, before we start working on legislation, is for us is to hold this hearing. We did hold this hearing a while back, but I think we've got a lot more information now. We'll be doing just that in the Antitrust Subcommittee in the next few weeks.

Now, the House Energy and Commerce Committee also held a hearing last month. I think those hearings will hopefully help us get a clearer picture of the BCS problem. That said, I am considering legislation to address the problem. I haven't introduced it yet, but I hope to be able to work with my colleagues to examine this issue thoroughly to make sure we can come up with an appropriate approach.

Look, I'm not itching to get the Senate involved in the regulation of college football. And, like I said, I would also rather not see the matter addressed in the courts, or by the Justice Department's Antitrust Division. There are people right now with the power to reform the BCS system, and it's always been my hope that they'll do so without government involvement. I think they ought to. What I'd eventually like to see, as the President would like to see, and so many others, the use of a Playoff system. Quite honestly though, anything would be better than what's in place right now.

12 Questions with Sen. Orrin Hatch




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