Tennessee paying additional $100,000 to not play Army in 2022
A previously scheduled opponent was missing from Tennessee’s 2022 schedule, which was revealed Tuesday night.
Tennessee had previously scheduled a game with Army for 2022. Instead, Akron appeared on UT’s 2022 schedule.
Tennessee has canceled their 2022 home game against Army and will now host Akron instead on Sept. 17 (Week 3).
— FBSchedules.com (@FBSchedules) September 21, 2021
Mike Wilson of the Knoxville News Sentinel details that the switch is costing Tennessee an additional $100,000. Tennessee was slated to pay Army $1.4 million for the game and will instead pay a $500,000 buyout to cancel the agreement. Akron will be paid $1 million, bringing the cost for the game up to $1.5 million instead of the original $1.4 million to play Army.
Wilson adds that a UT spokesperson shared with Knox News that the process to drop the Army game started under former athletics director Phillip Fulmer and former coach Jeremy Pruitt. Former Tennessee AD Dave Hart reached an agreement with Army in May 2016.
Tennessee online sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020, and many of the largest sportsbooks are live and operating in the volunteer state. Tennessee is only one of a handful of SEC football states with legalized sports betting.