Report: Attorney says Ohio State could sue B1G over decision to postpone football
A lawsuit filed by eight Nebraska football players recently may not be the only court battle the B1G faces if it holds up its decision to postpone the college football season. According to a report, Ohio State might also have grounds to sue the conference.
Speaking with the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and a team of state lawyers believe 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.”
Not only does Yost say Ohio State could sue the conference, he believes the school would have a claim against the 11 schools who voted “no” on playing football during the fall. The B1G announced its decision to postpone the season until spring on Aug. 11.
Currently, B1G presidents and chancellors, as well as commissioner Kevin Warren, are working on a plan of action to return to competition as soon as possible. According to Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune, a vote on a potential plan could come as early as this weekend (Sunday) but could be later.
If discussions fall through or no resolution is reached, Yost said he’s prepared to recommend that Ohio State file a lawsuit against the B1G for the cancellation of the football season. Per the report, he also said that a plan to play at a time in the future would end the potential suit.