BCS lawsuit suspended

Updated: October 30, 2012, 11:19 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

A potential lawsuit against the BCS by Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff will likely never cross the goal line.

The suit which had been plotted for at least three years was never filed and has now been suspended, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Shurtleff had reached out to antitrust law firms to help with the case that argued that the BCS was an illegal monopoly that benefited power conferences.

The suit was going to 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, he said in April 2011.

Since that time, the BCS has moved to a playoff format and Utah has joined one of the power conferences, the Pac-12.

"At some point, you just have to make a decision with the evidence you have," Shurtleff said, according to the newspaper. "We just don't have the evidence right now because the playoff system is still in its forming stage."

Shurtleff is leaving office at the end of the year and said that it's up to the next attorney general to decide if the suit should be pursued.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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