Florida State was set to pay Louisiana-Monroe $1.35 million to travel to Doak Campbell Stadium for the Seminoles’ season-opening football game on Sept. 9.
When that visit was cancelled due to the impending impact of Hurricane Irma, the two schools were prepared. Neither had to pay the $1 million cancellation fee that would have been imposed had either party withdrawn from the game.
The two schools didn’t just prepare for the possibility of a hurricane.
A closer look at the contract by Wayne E. McGahee III of the Tallahassee Democrat shows that Florida State and Louisiana-Monroe had made provisions in anticipation of of all manner of natural conditions. The same provision would take effect in the event of a fire, flood, tornadoes, or earthquakes.
The contract then went even further into the hypothetical realm.
The cancellation fee would also be waved if the game were cancelled due to war, invasion, hostilities, rebellion, insurrection and confiscation by order of the government, military or public authority.
While planning for the possibility of rebellion or “confiscation,” whatever that means, may seem a bit extreme, according to McGahee, it’s a standard line in game contracts. McGahee wrote that the same provisions can be found in Florida State’s contract with Delaware State for the two schools’ Nov. 17 matchup.
There has been speculation that Florida State and Louisiana-Monroe could make up their matchup on Dec. 2. The ACC Championship game is scheduled for that day, but Florida State is unlikely to participate, having already lost twice in conference play.
The Seminoles might need another game to get their sixth win and become bowl eligible, plus Louisiana-Monroe is off that week, so the move would make sense — just as long as there’s no invasions or insurrection that weekend.