Obviously, Nothing Says “Amateur Athletics” Like “Justice Department Reviewing Legality of BCS”

Justice Department sets June 30 meeting with BCS director – USATODAY.com.

The President of the NCAA wouldn’t even comment when asked by DOJ lawyers about antitrust and the BCS, since the BCS is overseen by individual conferences and not the NCAA.

Antitrust laws, of course, exist to break up the concentration of power among the few. And, call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure that when a few powerful individual conferences have more say in a national champion than the league itself, that would qualify.

The target of the investigation, Bill Hancock, executive director of the BCS, helpfully describes the meeting as a “voluntary question and answer” session. Sure. If that helps you sleep at night, I’m glad that works for you. Because, really, that’s all the DOJ does with their time and armies of legal dorks — they just idly call people up, people that seem interesting or entertaining in some way, to come for some routine questions and answers, with no real agenda or potential violations of federal law in mind. Yeah. That’s it.

Maybe Hancock and his BCS buddies should finally think seriously about instituting a football playoff, as a bargaining chip to call off the dogs.

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