DOJ Enters Scrum Over BCS Playoffs System

Law360, New York (May 4, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT) -- A top U.S. Department of Justice official sought input Tuesday from the NCAA about creating a playoff-based college football championship, in the wake of calls to investigate potential antitrust violations related to the Bowl Championship Series.

“Serious questions continue to arise suggesting that the current BCS system may not be conducted consistent with the competition principles expressed in the federal antitrust laws,” DOJ Antitrust Division head Christine Varney told NCAA President Mark A. Emmert in a letter.

The letter comes amid a growing outcry from lawmakers,...
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