JONESBORO, Ark. – Arkansas State University is demanding payment of $650,000 from the University of Miami for a canceled football game last season.
That’s according to a letter sent Monday by A-State’s general counsel to UM’s attorney whish seeks payment by Feb. 15.
At issue is the game scheduled for Sept. 9, 2017 in Jonesboro that was canceled as Hurricane Irma was headed for the Miami area.
“It is very unfortunate that we have been unable to resolve this matter, and we remain hopeful this can be worked out without the need for litigation. Ultimately that will be up to the University of Miami,” said ASU System General Counsel Brad Phelps in a statement about the letter.
The canceled game was the second part of a two-game series. The first game in the series had been played in Florida in 2014.
The game contract (see below) stipulated a $650,000 payment to either school if one of them canceled.
Unless Miami changes course on or before Feb. 15, 2018, A-State says it will begin the process of filing a lawsuit against the University of Miami in an Arkansas court.
In a telephone conversation cited in the letter to Miami, an official there was quoted as saying that Miami “has no intention of paying” the $650,000.