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Rutgers Sues Big East Over Exit Wait, Cost

December 5, 2012

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Rutgers is ready to get out of the Big East - and cheaply.

Rutgers is ready to get out of the Big East – and cheaply.

Rutgers is suing the Big East over its (apparently arbitrary) terms to exit the conference for the Big Ten. Via ESPN.com:

The lawsuit, filed in Middlesex County Court in New Jersey, was first reported by Courthouse News Service. Rutgers contends in its complaint that the $10 million exit fee “arbitrarily applies to some, but not all, of the Big East football schools, and the effect is to penalize certain members if they seek to withdraw.”

Rutgers points to the way the Big East allowed Syracuse, Pittsburgh, TCU and West Virginia to leave the league before the 27-month waiting period, and alleges the Big East has failed to collect $39.5 million in withdrawal fees from departing schools — money that was set to be divided up among remaining members.

Interesting to see how quickly this can move and how it aligns with Maryland’s timing in the end.

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