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The ACC responds to Clemson’s lawsuit against the conference

In an unexpected legal development, Clemson has thrown its hat into the ring with a lawsuit against the ACC, mirroring Florida State’s earlier legal maneuver. Filed in Pickens County, S.C., this lawsuit adds a new dimension to the ongoing legal battle.

Central to Clemson’s and Florida State’s legal challenges is the ACC’s grant of rights agreement, which binds member schools and ESPN to the conference until 2036. By contesting these agreements, both universities are taking on the ACC’s formidable position, which imposes a staggering exit fee of around $140 million for any member seeking to terminate the grant of rights.

With this news, the ACC responded on Tuesday. Here is the statement from Jim Ryan, Chair of the ACC Board of Directors, and ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips:

Story originally appeared on Clemson Wire