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Big Ten ordered to turn over documents in players' lawsuit

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Posted at 7:58 PM, Sep 02, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — A Lancaster County District Court Judge issues a discovery ruling in a lawsuit involving eight football players with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The plaintiffs allege that the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors did not in fact vote to cancel the 2020 fall football season.

Based on their request, a judge ordered the Big Ten to provide all documents reflecting whether any vote was taken by any Big Ten governing body to postpone or cancel the 2020 fall football season, including the vote tally. The judge is not ordering the release of how specific members voted.

Big Ten is also ordered to answer, "Did the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors take a formal vote on August 11, 2020, or on any other day, regarding whether to cancel, modify, or postpone the 2020 fall football season? If so, please identify the matter voted upon and the dates and results of all such votes."

The order requires the conference to provide the rules that govern the Big Ten's decision-making process about whether to cancel or postpone a season, and any documents that show who has decision-making authority and whether a formal vote is required.

The Big Ten is to respond within ten days of this order which was dated September 2nd.