Jackson State to Sue Grambling State

By DJ Byrnes on October 23, 2013 at 11:10a
The GRUMBLING State Tigers; amirite?

The hits just keep coming for Grambling State. First, it was a player mutiny. Then, Sports Illustrated exposed the shambles in which reduced state-funding has left Grambling. Now, Jackson State, who had to cancel their Homecoming game when Grambling State players refused to play, has served Grambling on the matter:

According to USA TODAY:

Jackson State says it took a financial hit after Saturday's homecoming game was canceled because Grambling forfeited when players refused to play. Now, Jackson State leaders plan to take legal action against Grambling State and "others" to recoup the losses, a Jackson State spokesman said Tuesday night in a message to alumni and school supporters.

The first rule of suing somebody is to make sure they're solvent enough to pay out the money you're seeking; otherwise, it could just turn into another money-sink. It will be an interesting case to follow, nevertheless, if only to find out who the "others" are that Jackson state plans to go after.


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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

I personally don't think they have a case.  Forfeitures are an inherent risk to any sporting event at any level.  Is Grambling State contractually obligated to actually play the game or do they have the right to forfeit?  
But lets say the case is heard and they end up winning.  Who pays the bill?  The University?  The players, for not showing up?  The state, for cutting budgets leading to the crisis in the first place?  Good luck getting your payout...
I understand it sucks to lose that revenue, especially for a school that probably has a very tight athletics budget.  But Grambling State might lose their football program anyway, why press them more?  The only people actually losing here are the players who are about to lose their scholarships and their livelihood.

Hovenaut's picture

That's a real shame.

Instead of taking a higher, however difficult road in possibly supporting a fellow program/school clearly in distress, Jackson State has preferred the business of college football.

I don't see where this is beneficial for any party involved in the long run.

Maceyko's picture

Imagine the cost if a team forfeited to OSU at the Shoe?  The loss of revenue for the school, the loss of income for all of the vendors, restaurants, and other local businesses would be a huge blow.  Then add the fact that is was Homecoming and I understand where they are coming from.  No one ever considered the economic issues that this created for a lot of people at Jackson State.  Of course that story isn't "sexy" enough to be a concern.

andyb's picture

Serious Question: How much does OSU make from a game like FAMU?

JozyMozy's picture

A lot. ~100k people...hell, even just 75k showing up, spending money on tickets, concessions, programs, memorabilia, etc etc etc. Saying "it adds up" would be an understatement. 
Not trying to directly compare a cupcake game at The Shoe to a Grambling/JSU game, but you get the drift. 

BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

Yes it is a real shame. Hate hearing anything like this b/c it's the kids that suffer. Just hope things start to work out for them. It's already a rock bottom so there is only one way to go and that's up. Hope it gets better soon 

Buckeye Dynasty starts in 2014 baby !!!!!! GO BUCKS !!!!!!!! O - H - I - O

teddyballgame's picture

good luck squeezing blood out of a rock

Haybucks's picture

I was thinking turnip or collard greens.

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