12 Questions With Senator Orrin Hatch
3. Effects and Likelihood of BCS Reform
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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RCS: You and Democratic Senator Herb Kohl, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, have committed to holding hearings this year - and, in fact now you've said hopefully before July 9th. You stated that the purpose of these hearings would be to determine whether the BCS "constitutes a coordinated effort to eliminate competition."

If it's determined that it does, how will this affect BCS reform, both in the short and the long term? And perhaps more importantly, can BCS reform be made before 2014?

Sen. Hatch: Well, there are also some people who are thinking of bringing litigation against the BCS. That might be the only thing that will make them wise up and start being fairer about it. It's hard to do.

I am planning, once we've had a hearing, on writing a letter to the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to look into this. That's typically the process we follow on the Antitrust Subcommittee. I would prefer them to look into it because I think they would conclude that this is not a fair system.

When you look at it, a lot of schools depend on the revenue from their football programs to keep all their athletic programs running, or to pay even for some of their academic programs. So for all those things, on the outside looking in on the BCS, which once again is nearly half of all the teams in Division I, the problems with the system extend well beyond the football field. So, as you can see, this is not some itty-bitty problem, this is a pretty important set of issues we're raising here. I would hope that, given the size of these disparities, the DoJ and the FTC wouldn't shy away from these issues.

12 Questions with Sen. Orrin Hatch

‹‹ 2. Should the Senate Still Get Involved? 4. Involvement of US Department of Justice ››

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