APNewsBreak: Justice Department to meet with BCS

Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain holds the championship trophy after winning the BCS Championship NCAA college football game against Texas in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010. Alabama defeated Texas 37-21. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department, which has raised antitrust concerns about college football's Bowl Championship Series, will meet with the organization this summer.

BCS executive director Bill Hancock tells The Associated Press that a Justice Department attorney has asked for a voluntary background briefing on how the BCS operates. Hancock says he agreed to provide one, adding he sees it as an opportunity to emphasize that the BCS was crafted with antitrust laws in mind.

The Justice Department initially raised its questions to the NCAA, but NCAA President Mark Emmert responded in a letter last month that the department's questions were best directed to the BCS.

Critics say the BCS unfairly gives some schools preferential access to the title game and lucrative, top-tier bowls at the end of the season.

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