Friday, June 12, 2009

Mark Shurtleff Vs. the BCS

Mark Shurtleff is investigating the BCS on possible anti-trust violations. After last year, the University of Utah was the undefeated team in the nation and was denied a spot in the National Championships. Congress investigated the BCS, and the BCS claimed that it's system worked and was agreed upon by all of the conferences in the NCAA.

Mark Shurtleff is enlisting the Department of Justice, saying he needs better resources to handle the investigation. He hopes that a National Playoff system will be available for all College football teams. And even President Obama wants a national playoff system.

In My Opinion:

What happened last year with the University of Utah was largely unfair to the team, which was the undefeated team in the nation. The BCS should have allowed the Utes to play against Florida to see who was actually the National Champions. The Utes were largely the undefeated team and they deserved a chance. As for Mark Shurtleff, his heart is in the right place but you can't use the law to bully a few colleges that don't have good programs other than football.

What they aught to do is talk to the heads of the NCAA. Negotiate an arrangement before looking into Anti-Trust litigation. Bringing the Law to bear on the NCAA can possibly make things worse as we are steadily heading into a socialist government. The question is, is the BCS a trust system? I don't think so. It's not acting like a Trust. They are just excluding most other colleges from competing in a National Playoff system.

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