Judge dismisses Penn State anti-trust suit against NCAA

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 8:51am

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed Gov. Tom Corbett's antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA over its sanctions against Penn State University following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Last July, the NCAA levied unprecedented sanctions against the university, including a fine of $60 million. It also stripped 14 seasons of football victories from late head coach Joe Paterno.

"These sanctions did not punish Sandusky," or those who allegedly helped cover up his repeated sexual abuse of disadvantaged children, Corbett said at the time.

Judge Yvette Kane in her ruling stated that the governor's complaint does not meet the criteria of an antitrust case.

"The Governor's complaint implicates the extraordinary power of a non-governmental entity to dictate the course of an iconic public institution, and raises serious questions about the indirect economic impact of NCAA sanctions on innocent parties," Kane says in the order. "These are important questions deserving of public debate, but they are not antitrust questions."

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