Antitrust, Governance, and Postseason College Football
University of New Hampshire School of Law; Sports Illustrated/SI.com
March 30, 2011
Boston College Law Review, Vol. 52, p. 517, 2011
Vermont Law School Research Paper No. 10-52
This Article examines the compatibility of the Bowl Championship Series (“BCS”) with federal antitrust law and the appropriateness of the federal government using its formal and informal powers to encourage a new format for postseason college football. The Article begins by examining the legality of the BCS under Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act. It then discusses the appropriateness of government actors concerning themselves with, and expending taxpayer dollars on, the scheduling of college football games. The Article concludes by offering possible changes to the scheduling structure of postseason college football, with an emphasis on voluntary, efficiency-promoting changes by the colleges, universities, and conferences currently associated with the BCS.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: Antitrust Law, College Football, Postseason, Bowl Championship SeriesAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 19, 2010 ; Last revised: April 2, 2011
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