Court orders ACC to provide Clemson with ESPN Agreements
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Court orders ACC to provide Clemson with ESPN Agreements

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S.C.’s CLEMSON (AP) – The Atlantic Coast Conference has been ordered by a South Carolina court to provide Clemson with the records pertaining to its agreements with ESPN that it has requested in its case against the conference.

On Friday, the temporary confidentiality order was made public. It stated that Clemson will receive unredacted documents about the ACC’s TV agreement with ESPN within seven days. Additionally, the injunction includes protections to prevent the public distribution of the requested documents.

The order bars Clemson, a public university, from complying with any Freedom of Information Act requests unless the ACC gives written permission or the school is forced to do so by another court with “competent jurisdiction.”

In March, Clemson filed a lawsuit in South Carolina against the ACC, arguing that the organization’s $140 million departure fee was “unconscionably high” and “unenforceable.” Additionally, the school states that the grant of rights is only applicable if Clemson is a member of the conference and that media rights to home athletic events belong to the school even if it leaves the league.

In a modified Clemson lawsuit, the court requested indefinite punitive damages from the ACC for the league’s “willful and malicious conduct” in claiming it was entitled to TV money from Tigers games regardless of whether they were in a different conference.

Florida State was the first ACC member to sue the league in December.

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