“The NCAA should be responsible for promoting fair competition among its participating institutions and their student athletes. I am concerned that today's action could create an uneven playing field that may prevent some institutions from being able to compete fairly with other schools that have superior resources to pay for student athletes. I also worry about how this decision will affect a school’s Title IX requirements and whether this consolidation of power will restrict competition and warrant antitrust scrutiny. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I’ll be examining the NCAA’s Redesign Model closely to determine if action must be taken to ensure that competition in college athletics among all colleges is preserved.”
In 2009, Hatch wrote to President Obama asking the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division to investigate the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) after several undefeated college football teams were denied the opportunity to compete for a national championship. The BCS commissioners later adopted a four-team playoff competition for the college football postseason, which will debut in January.