ERIC Number: ED461320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Antitrust Implications of the College Bowl Alliance. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Business Rights, and Competition of the Committee on the Judiciary To Examine Antitrust and Competitive Issues within the College Football Bowl Alliance, Which Consists of the Southeastern Athletic Conference, the Big 12, the Atlantic Coast Conference, and the Big East, as Well as the University of Notre Dame (May 22, 1997). United States Senate, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.
This hearing report concerns possible antitrust and anticompetitive violations by the College Bowl Alliance consisting of the Southeastern Athletic Conference (SEC), the Big 12, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and the Big East, as well as Notre Dame University; and after 1998 will include PAC-10, Big 10, and the Rose Bowl. An agreement was made between the College Alliance and three Bowls: Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl. Under the terms of the agreement, each year a different Alliance bowl is allowed to choose first from among the pool of Alliance conference champions and at-large teams. The stated purpose of this arrangement is to provide a No. 1 versus No. 2 championship match-up every year in a different bowl game. Excluded non-Alliance teams have raised issues involving the selection methods, the consequent disparity in television revenues, and related effects such as the inability to recruit top athletes by non-Alliance teams. Witnesses were grouped into two panels each consisting of individuals for or against the Alliance. Testifying against the Alliance included Senators Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), Robert Bennett (Utah), Craig Thomas (Wyoming), and Michael Enzi (Wyoming); as well as Karl Benson, commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference, and Ron Cooper, former head football coach, University of Louisville, Kentucky. Those testifying in favor of the College Bowl Alliance include Wally Richardson, a graduate of Penn State University, Roy F. Kramer, commissioner of the SEC, James E. Delaney, commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, and Cedric W. Dempsey, executive director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). An appendix includes the transcript of a question-and-answer session between committee members and various witnesses. (BF)
Descriptors: College Athletics, Extramural Athletics, Federal Regulation, Football, Government School Relationship, Hearings, Higher Education, Legislation, Organizations (Groups)
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on the Judiciary.