Arkansas State University prepares to sue UM football if $650,000 isn’t paid

MIAMI (WSVN) - Arkansas State University had their football game against the University of Miami cancelled because of Hurricane Irma. Now, they are preparing to sue because they have not received their fee of $650,000.

ASU was scheduled to play the Hurricanes on Sept. 9, 2017 in Arkansas. Once Irma became a real threat to South Florida, UM cancelled all sporting events ahead of the storm, the Miami Herald reported.

In the letter to UM published on Monday, Arkansas State said they will file a lawsuit if they do not receive their “liquidated damages” fee of $650,000 on or before Thursday.

  • Read the full letter here

The letter also says that UM athletic director Blake James refused to reschedule the game for 2020 or 2021. Instead, UM offered to reschedule the game in Jonesboro in “2024, 2025 or beyond,” according to the Miami Herald.

“During our telephone conversation on Friday, you indicated that Miami has no intention of paying Arkansas State University the liquidated damages amount of $650,000,” Brad Phelps wrote in the letter. “Unless Miami changes course on or before February 15, 2018, we will begin the process of filing a lawsuit against the University of Miami in the appropriate Arkansas state court.”

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