Court gives Big Ten 10 days to produce documents on decision to cancel football season

by Peter Heck · Sep 3rd, 2020 11:23 am

Last Updated Sep 3rd, 2020 at 6:42 pm

The Lancaster County District Court has asked the Big Ten conference to produce more documentation about its decision to postpone its fall season after players brought a lawsuit against the league.

Hopes for a reversal of the conference's sudden postponement of their fall season surged after eight Nebraska football players filed a lawsuit to demand more information about the league's publicized 11-3 vote canceling the season. The league now has 10 days to provide more details.

The Big Ten officially canceled its fall sports season, including football, on August 11. Since then, the decision has been widely panned by fans, players, coaches, and athletic directors demanding to know who decided, when, and why.

The conference's decision has fallen under even tighter scrutiny as coronavirus summer spikes have abated and other conferences prepare to start their seasons. President Trump has even weighed in, calling on the Big Ten to reverse the decision.

As unlikely as that seemed just two weeks ago, Ohio State University held a football practice Wednesday, and sports media giant Dan Patrick has reported that the Big Ten is now quietly considering a return to play as early as October 10.


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