EXCLUSIVE: Utah dropping its BCS lawsuit

EXCLUSIVE: Utah dropping its BCS lawsuit

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Utah's Attorney General tells ABC 4 News that the BCS case will not move forward.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – ABC 4 News has learned the state of Utah is dropping its plans to sue the Bowl Championship Series.

For years, Utah's Attorney General has been threatening to sue college football's “BCS.”

Shurtleff wanted to sue the BCS because he thought it was an illegal monopoly, even referring to it as a "cartel."

Utah's Attorney General felt small football programs, perhaps, like the University of Utah and BYU, were being unfairly kept out of championship games.

But now, Shurtleff is - legally speaking - punting the case away.

He told ABC 4 News,

“No lawsuit during my administration. That will be left to a future AG. Which really bothers me because I was ready to go."

Shurtleff is dropping the suit because the BCS recently changed its championship series to a playoff format.

While Utah's Attorney General isn't a big fan of that system either, he believes his threat of legal action may have helped the BCS make the change,

“We do think what we were doing led to their changes and, at the end of the day, that's what we wanted them to do. We wanted them to make the changes."

The entire interview with Attorney General Mark Shurtleff can be seen on this week's "On the Record."

It airs on ABC 4 Sunday at 7am and will also be posted on our website at abc4.com

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