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Antitrust, Governance, and Postseason College Football

34 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2010 Last revised: 21 Jul 2013

Michael McCann

University of New Hampshire School of Law; Sports Illustrated and; Mississippi College School of Law

Date Written: March 30, 2011


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.

Keywords: Antitrust Law, College Football, Postseason, Bowl Championship Series

Suggested Citation

McCann, Michael, Antitrust, Governance, and Postseason College Football (March 30, 2011). Boston College Law Review, Vol. 52, p. 517, 2011. Available at SSRN:

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