N.C. Appeals Court Rejects Maryland's Bid To Dismiss ACC Lawsuit
An N.C. appeals court today "preserved a lawsuit that could force" the Univ. of Maryland to pay a $52M fee for leaving the ACC. The conference sued Maryland after the school last November said that it was leaving for the Big Ten. That lawsuit came "after the ACC voted to increase the exit penalty to three times the conference's operating budget," which the appeals court calculated at nearly $52.3M. The three-judge panel's "unanimous decision means Maryland has no automatic right to a state Supreme Court appeal" (AP, 11/19).