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8 Nebraska football players file lawsuit against Big Ten over postponement of season

Marshfield (OnFocus) – Eight football players from the university of Nebraska have filed a lawsuit against the Big Ten over the conference’s decision to postpone the 2020 football  season.

The lawsuit, a 13 page filing, declares that the Big Ten’s decision to postpone the season should be overturned because procedures in the decision making process weren’t followed. The lawsuit also states the decision was based on misapplied medication information and was flawed.

The lawsuit raises three counts against the Big Ten

  • Wrongful interference with business expectations
  • Breach of contract
  • Declaratory judgment(rather than a voting process)

The players will not seek damages greater than $75,000.

The Big Ten released a statement that the lawsuit ‘has no merit.’

“The Big Ten Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors overwhelmingly voted to postpone the fall sports season based on medical concerns and in the best interest of the health and safety of our student athletes. This was an important decision for our 14 member institutions and the surrounding communities.

“We share the disappointment that some student-athletes and their families are feeling. However, this lawsuit has no merit and we will defend the decision to protect all student-athletes as we navigate through this global pandemic. We are actively considering options to get back to competition and look forward to doing so when it is safe to play.”

 

David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]