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Terps Get Their Day In Court

Maryland, unwilling to pay the ACC's exit fee on the grounds that it will bankrupt the athletic department and is illegal under Maryland anti-trust law, had their case heard Thursday in a Maryland court.

As far as we can see, the first issue is irrelevant: the financial condition of a defendant in a lawsuit is really not relevant to the damages that party may be liable for. This is kind of like the joke of someone killing his parents and then asking the court for mercy because he's an orphan. Who cares?

If the exit fee is upheld, then Maryland pays and they can figure out their own finances (that they haven't been able to manage to do it to date is partly responsible for their current situations).

The true legal issues here are beyond us. However, it is an interstate issue, with the laws of two states potentially in conflict. That suggests a protracted court struggle.