Virginia Tech To File Suit Against Promoter Of 2000 Preseason Football Game
Tech will sue Gazelle Group, Inc. to recover expenses from cancelled game.
August 16, 2001

Virginia Tech announced today that it will file suit against the Gazelle Group, Inc., of Princeton, New Jersey, to recover expenses it was entitled to for hosting the 2000 Black Coaches Association (BCA) Football Classic between Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. The Gazelle Group is the owner and promoter of the 2000 BCA football contest.

The ESPN televised preseason football contest was to have been played on August 27, 2000, at Lane Stadium, in Blacksburg, Virginia, but was cancelled by officials due to a severe thunderstorm that arose prior to kick-off. The game was never played.

Virginia Tech will ask the Circuit Court of Montgomery County Virginia, where suit will be filed, to require the Gazelle Group to remit a portion of the gross receipts that remained from the game. The suit will allege Virginia Tech is entitled to receive, in accordance with its host agreement with the Gazelle Group, reimbursement of expenses for hosting the NCAA certified event. The contract amount sought is for 35% of gross receipts.

The complaint will allege that the Gazelle Group received $593,807 from non-refunded ticket stubs, program sales, parking fees and merchandise sales. The complaint will further allege that Virginia Tech has not received any reimbursement from the Gazelle Group for itemized expenses agreed upon and approved by the Gazelle Group following the cancelled game. Virginia Tech officials have been notified that Georgia Tech will also file a claim against the Gazelle Group.

The Black Coaches Association (BCA), the title sponsor and the primary beneficiary of the NCAA certified contest, will not be a party to the lawsuit since there was no contractual arrangement between Virginia Tech and the BCA. Virginia Tech officials have notified the BCA of the pending suit against the Gazelle Group.