Force majeure and college football: Why millions are on the line

Most college football game contracts span a few pages, a mix of boilerplate language, legal jargon and numbers. In most of those documents, there’s a particular section that’s often ignored: The force majeure clause.

Edward Schauder, head of Phillips Nizer’s sports law division, described force majeure as “the bastard stepchild in any kind of contract.” Yet that section – better known as an “Act of God” clause – has come to the forefront of discussion in this era of college athletics.


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