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APNewsBreak: Obama administration action on BCS

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department says the Obama
administration is considering a number of steps that would look
into the legality of the controversial Bowl Championship Series.

Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote in a letter to
Sen. Orrin Hatch Friday that the department will determine whether
to open an investigation into whether the BCS violates antitrust
laws. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

Hatch, a Republican from Utah, had requested such an
investigation.

Weich said the administration is looking at several other
options, including asking the Federal Trade Commission to review
the legality of the BCS under consumer protection laws.

Several lawmakers and many critics want the BCS to switch to a
playoff system, rather than the ratings system it uses to determine
the teams that play in the college football championship.


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