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U.S. SENATORS LEAD ANTITRUST INQUIRY INTO BOWL ALLIANCE
Published March 17, 1997
Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Sen. Craig Thomas (R-WY) have asked the Dept. of Justice and the FTC to launch an inquiry into possible antitrust violations by the NCAA College Bowl Alliance citing "substantial evidence of serious violations," according to Brooke Adams of the DESERET NEWS. Bennett: "The Alliance's anti-competitive attitude benefits only those teams and conferences that make up the most lucrative bowl market. This means that talented players and better teams are denied the chance to play only because they do not meet the Alliance's marketing criteria." BYU was not invited to play in a '97 Alliance Bowl despite a No. 5 ranking. The Univ. of Wyoming also met criteria for an "at-large" spot, but was not invited to any bowl game (DESERET NEWS, 3/15).