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Final Agreement between UMass and the Mid-American Conference

Final Agreement between UMass and the Mid-American Conference

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The agreement between the University of Massachusetts and the Mid-American Conference for UMass to join the conference for football play beginning in 2012.
The agreement between the University of Massachusetts and the Mid-American Conference for UMass to join the conference for football play beginning in 2012.

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MEMBERSHIPAGREEMENTTHISMEMBERSHIPAGREEMENT("Agreement")isenteredintoasofthis15
th
dayofMarch,2011("EffectiveDate")byandbetweentheMID-AMERICANCONFERENCE,INC.,anOhionot-for-profitcorporationhavingitsprincipalplaceofbusinessinCleveland,Ohio(the"MAC")andtheUNIVERSITYOFMASSACHUSETTSAMHERST("UMass").BackgroundTheMACisaNationalCollegiateAthleticAssociation("NCAA")DivisionIathleticconferenceconsistingoffullandaffiliatemembers.TheMACsponsors,amongothersports,FootballBowlSubdivision("FBS")intercollegiatefootballundertherulesandregulationsofNCAA.UMasshasanNCAAintercollegiatefootballprogramandafterexecutionofthisAgreementshallcommencetheprocessofconvertingsuchprogramtoFBSstatus.UMassdesirestobecomeafootball-onlyaffiliatememberoftheMAC,andtheMACanditsmemberinstitutionsdesirethattheUMassbecomeafootball-onlyaffiliatememberoftheMAC("FootballMember"),onthetermsandsubjecttotheconditionscontainedinthisAgreement.Accordingly,
in
considerationofthemutualcovenantsandagreementssetforthbelow,intendingtobelegallybound,thepartiesagreeasfollows:
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Terms1.Membership.a.UMassshallbecomeaFootballMemberoftheMACandshallcommenceplaybeginningwiththe2012season.
It
shallbesubjecttoandhavethebenefitofalloftheMACrules,policiesandsportoperatingcodesandproceduresrelatingtofootball.b.SubjecttoanymodificationsorchangesnecessitatedbythespecifictermsandconditionsofthisAgreement,asaFootballMember.UMassshallbesubjecttotheMACConstitution,Bylawsandothergoverningdocuments("GoverningDocuments"),
C,
UMassshallhavetheright
to
participateandvoteinmeetingsoftheCouncilofPresidents,theJointCommitteeandtheCouncilofDirectorsofAthleticsasprovidedforinArticleVoftheMACConstitution,butsuchparticipationshallbelimitedtofootball-onlyrelatedmattersanddecisionsthatwouldincreaseUMass'financialobligationstotheMACasaFootballMemberandshallnotincludefullConferencemembermattersorissuesand/orissuespertainingtoorimpactinganyorallotherConferencesports.d.UMassshallplayafullMACscheduleoffootballgamesbeginningwiththe2012footballseason.Beginning
with
the2013footballseason,UMassshallbeeligiblefortheMACChampionshipandentitledandsubjecttoallotherrights,privilegesandobligationsofafootballmemberoftheMAC,includingwithoutlimitation,
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eligibilityforMACtelevisionparticipation,receiptoffootball-relateddistributions,andparticipationinanyoftheMACpost-seasonfootballbowlgametie-ins.e.UMassshallincludeMACfootballasaprincipalelementofitsfootballmarketing,andwillusegoodfaitheffortsconsistentwithbudgetlimitationsandexistingMACmediaagreements,toteleviseinitsgeographicareaitsfootballgames.2.Tenn;EffectiveDate.SubjecttoSection7hereof,
it
istheintentionofthepartiesthatthisAgreementshallbeopen-ended,withnofixedterminationdate("OpenEndedTerm"),ThisAgreementshallbedeemedtohaveaneffectivedateofMarch15,2011("EffectiveDate").3.InitiationFee;AnnualAssessment.
a.
InitiationFee.UMassagreestopaytheMACthesumofFiveHundredThousandDollars($500,000)(the"InitiationFee")bywiretransferordeliveryofotherimmediatelyavailablefundsonorbeforeMarch31,2011.SubjecttoSection6hereof,theInitiationFeeisnon-refundable,andUMassshallnotheliableforanyadditionalinitiationfeesif,asotherwiseprovidedforherein,itsubsequentlyjoinstheMACforallothersportsbesidesfootball.b.AnnualAssessment.Commencingin2012,duringeachyearofthisAgreementUMassshallpaytotheMACanannualassessmentofOneHundredThousandDollars($100,000)orsuchotherannualassessmentamountasispaidbyother
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