Nebraska Attorney General sends letter to Kevin Warren, says B1G not in compliance with state
Things continue to heat up in the B1G.
Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has sent a letter to B1G commissioner Kevin Warren stating that the conference is not in compliance with the Nebraska Nonprofit Corporation Act. Because of that, Peterson is asking for more transparency and answers behind the league’s decision to postpone the fall sports season within the next 10 days.
“In order to receive the advantages to operate as a nonprofit organization in Nebraska, it is imperative that the organization operate with complete transparency regarding its decision-making process,” Peterson said, per KLKN TV. “Nebraskans expect transparency from nonprofits operating in this state, and the Big Ten Conference is no exception.”
Peterson is giving the conference until Sept. 21 to provide information that proves the cancellation followed B1G bylaws.
“It has come to my attention that your corporation is operating and conducting business within the State of Nebraska without being registered and/or failing to maintain registration to conduct business within the State of Nebraska,” Peterson said in the letter.
This letter to the B1G comes in addition to eight Nebraska players filing a lawsuit against the conference for the cancellation of the season. They are represented by attorney Mike Flood.
Earlier this week, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost spoke with the Columbus Dispatcht and believes Ohio State could sue the B1G with “excellent contract claim for several tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue,” according to Yost.
“I think we have a cause of action,” Yost told The Dispatch. “If these negotiations (over playing football) fall apart, we will be recommending legal action to our client, Ohio State University.”
The pressure is starting to be applied from all across the B1G.
Nebraska’s Attorney General has issued a letter to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren warning that the conference appears to be non-compliant with the Nebraska Nonprofit Corporation Act.
The letter sets a 9/21 deadline for the conference to prove cancellation followed B1G bylaws. pic.twitter.com/ppBvIgsOOW
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