Dear Attorney General

Senator from Kansas asks the Justice Department to investigate ESPN for potential antitrust violations related to Oklahoma and Texas leaving the Big 12 for the SEC.

… Because they have the television rights to the SEC they will benefit from the additions of Texas and Oklahoma immensely. Conveniently, the ESPN-SEC deal begins in 2024 and their contract expires with the Big XII only a year later when the teams are slated to join the SEC.

While the terms of the contract are unknown to me, it’s important to note the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that the exclusive right to televise all league games is a violation of anti-trust laws. While the Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961 was passed to overturn this decision for professional football, college football broadcast packages are not subject to the antitrust exemption in that law.

While the terms of the contract are unknown to me…” is a short way of saying “I have no idea what’s going on, but my constituents want me to yell about it anyway”.  Politicians, man.

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Filed under Big 12 Football, ESPN Is The Devil, Political Wankery

3 responses to “Dear Attorney General

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Fish gotta swim, and . . .

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  2. akascuba

    If anyone was unsure he opened his mouth and removed all doubt.

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  3. godawgs1701

    The Justice Department surely has better things to do than worry about conference realignment. These people are grasping at straws and it’s ridiculous.

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