When last we heard from Orrin Hatch, the Republican Senator from Utah was on the receiving end of a Justice Department letter which stated they were looking at the option of opening an investigation into the BcS in order to determine whether the group violates antitrust laws.
Perhaps buoyed by the threat of Justice Department involvement, Hatch is back in the news yet again. And is on the prowl for some BcS genitalia to slam in a vice.
Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, sent a letter to BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock asking about revenue sharing, TV contracts, and whether Ari Fleischer’s paycheck was coming from money designated for colleges.
The former White House spokesman and his sports public relations firm were hired last year to defend the BCS.
“Legal and antitrust concerns aside, I think it’s clear that the BCS is fundamentally unfair and harmful to schools, students, college football fans and consumers throughout the country,” Hatch said in a statement. “At the very least, I think the architects of the BCS should provide the public with more information to dispel the notion that the system is explicitly designed to favor certain teams while disfavoring others.”
Hatch has, obviously, taken a particular interest in how both the Mountain West and Western Athletic conferences seem to be getting financially bent over by the current system.
For example, they said press reports during the bowl season said conferences that sent one team each to BCS bowls would receive $18.5 million each.
“However, news accounts indicate that both the Mountain West Conference and the Western Athletic Conference, both of which are non-privileged conferences which sent one team to the BCS, received only a fraction of the revenue paid to the six privileged conferences that also sent one team,” they wrote.
Hancock responded to the Senators’ letter by saying that
“I know you are but what am I, Sen. Poopy Pants” “[Congress] has more important things to do” than look into the BcS.
(Translation? “I’m about to pee myself. Help?”)
Hancock added that he looks forward (chuckle) to answering the questions contained in the letter.
Yet again, hopefully, this is a further step in a process that ends with the abolishment of the sham that is the BcS and the establishment of a playoff system to crown a “true” national champion.