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Utah AG still pursuing BCS antitrust lawsuit

By Lynn DeBruin
AP Sports Writer / April 21, 2011

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SALT LAKE CITY—Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has put out a request for proposals from national antitrust firms to help file a federal lawsuit that seeks to disband the BCS system as an illegal monopoly.

Shurtleff said Thursday he expects the suit will be filed this summer. It will seek damages for schools including the University of Utah and Boise State that have lost out on millions of dollars over the years because the existing system keeps non-preferred conferences at a competitive disadvantage.

That Utah is making the jump to the BCS by joining the Pac-12 Conference in July doesn't change anything, he said, as the flawed system would remain in place.

His legal threat comes as conference commissioners and athletic directors prepare to meet next week in New Orleans.