The Missouri Tigers are scheduled to face off against the BYU Cougars this upcoming Saturday, but there may be a snag in the teams’ plans. More than half of the Tigers’ roster have boycotted football activities amidst racial tensions being heightened on campus and they will not play until president Tim Wolfe steps down or his removed from his post.
This could be much more costly for Missouri than just having to forfeit a game. According to College Football Talk, if Saturday’s game in Kansas City is cancelled, Missouri would be obligated to pay BYU $1 million per their contract.
The Kansas City Star shared a portion of the contract for the two teams back in January. You can read it below.
“The parties agree that if one party cancels, forfeits, unilaterally delays or postpones, or fails to appear at, any game (there and similar actions hereafter referred to as “cancel”), actual damages — including those relating to public relations, radio and television broadcasts, lost profits, and other consequential damages — would be difficult or impossible to calculate. The parties further agree that processes, including litigation, to determine damages would be both unnecessarily expensive and time-consuming. Therefore, the parties agree that if one party cancels (hereafter, the “defaulting party”) any game or games, the defaulting party shall pay as liquidated damages to the other party One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) for each cancelled game, to be paid no later than thirty (30) days following the scheduled game.”
With Wolfe saying that he would not step down as president, the protests will continue. Head coach Gary Pinkel expressed his support for his players, so it is likely that this game will not be taking place this week.
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