BCS AND CONTRACT LAW
Steve Bainbridge ponders the legal implications of the Bowl Championship Series contract:
If I were teaching Contracts, this would be my exam question: “As I understand it, the college football coaches poll is contractually obligated to name the winner of the BCS championship game its national champ. Suppose a majority of the coaches vote for USC as #1. Would the trophy go to the winner of the Oklahoma-LSU game, while the poll showed USC as #1? Or could the winner of the Oklahoma-LSU game get specific performance to compel the coaches to vote its team #1 in the poll? Discuss.”
As a non-lawyer, I’d say you’d have to read the contract to know the answer. But I suspect most lawyers would say that the contract is only fodder for making whatever argument you’re hired to make.