It’s been rumored for many months, if not years, that the U.S. Department of Justice would launch a federal investigation into the legality of the BcS, perhaps at the urging and with the full backing of President Obama’s administration.
According to Utah’s attorney general, the department may be closer to launching a probe than ever before.
Mark Shurtleff told the Associated Press that he met with Justice Department officials earlier this week and, while there is no firm commitment yet to open a probe, it’s obvious that an investigation into possible antitrust violations is something the department is looking into and working toward.
“They are doing their due diligence,” Shurtleff said a day after the meetings ended. “They had done their homework.”
When informed of the meetings, Bill Hancock, the BcS’ official public puppet/mouthpiece, trotted out one of the most asinine and insulting arguments that side has when it comes to potential government intervention: look how they’re blowing your hard-earned money, Mr. Hard-Working Naive Taxpayer.
“[It’s] hard to imagine a bigger waste of taxpayer money than to involve the government in college football,” Baghdad Bill told the AP.
Shurtleff offered a prediction of what would happen if the government, specifically the Justice Department, were to further waste taxpayer money and become involved in college football.
“You get the DOJ behind one, and the BCS will finally say, ‘OK, we’ll go to a playoff.'”
Of course, the BcS side of the equation would shoot back with a hollow threat to go back to the old system if a playoff were to be foisted upon them. CoughcoughBScoughcough. Won’t happen, but it’ll still be tossed out there to throw a scare into anyone who deigns to disagree with the current method used to crown a champion.
Like just about everything involving the BcS, though, it’s nothing but a diversionary tactic by a cartel looking to illegally keep the have-nots from infiltrating their haves clubhouse.