AG's office continuing fight against BCS 1 year later

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The BCS college football national championship game played out Thursday night. One of the contenders, Alabama, is a team Utah defeated last year in a BCS game. But even then, undefeated Utah could not go on and play for the national title.

Even though that game is a year old, Utah's Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is still fighting the way the BCS invites schools to the title game.

Paul Murphy, the spokesman for the Utah Attorney General's Office, says the BCS just isn't fair.


"Our initial investigation has found that the BCS has violated the antitrust laws, and we want it to stop immediately," Murphy says.

Basically, the Utah Attorney General's Office says it's not fair that smaller schools from smaller conferences, like Utah and BYU, will never have a shot at the big game no matter how well they do during the season.

Big time games bring in big time money for the universities involved.

"It isn't just about football. It's about millions of dollars going to universities," Murphy says "And if those millions of dollars aren't going to those universities, guess who's picking up the tab? We are."

Shurtleff has sent a report to the U.S. Department of Justice and will meet with the antitrust division in the next couple of months. He says the way the BCS title game is set up now, smaller conference schools will never benefit.


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