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Utah AG Looking for Firm to Sue College Football Group

Posted Jun 30, 2011 10:54 AM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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Mark Shurtleff, Utah’s attorney general, thinks the college football Bowl Championship Series is an illegal monopoly, and he’s looking for a law firm to investigate and file suit.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Shurtleff put the query on BidSync, a website where government agencies list contracts, bids and requests for proposals. It’s the second time he’s put out a request for information from law firms that handle antitrust cases, the paper reports, and he’d like other states to join the lawsuit as plaintiffs.

“There are serious antitrust violations in the BCS system that are robbing taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars,” Shurtleff said in a prepared statement. “Putting together the strongest legal team from around the country will give us the best chance at bringing equity back to college football.”

Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS, disputes Shurtleff’s claims.

“The BCS was carefully created with antitrust laws in mind and we remain confident that the BCS is a pro-competitive force in college football. It has brought significant and unprecedented benefits to the game, the universities, the student-athletes and the fans,” he told the Tribune.

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