Federal judge weighs fate of Corbett suit vs. NCAA
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A federal judge in Pennsylvania says she'll decide in the next couple weeks whether to dismiss Gov. Tom Corbett's antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA over penalties against Penn State.
U.S. Judge Yvette Kane had pointed questions for both sides during a nearly two-hour hearing Monday.
Corbett says the NCAA went too far in getting Penn State to agree last summer to a $60 million fine, a multiyear ban on postseason football play and a temporary reduction in scholarships.
The university agreed to the sanctions over its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Penn State isn't a party to the lawsuit.
Sandusky, the school's longtime assistant football coach, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence after being convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
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Lawyers were headed to a Harrisburg federal courtroom on Monday to argue whether a judge should dismiss the antitrust lawsuit that Gov. Tom Corbett filed against the NCAA over Penn State's penalties from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane will decide whether to keep alive the lawsuit that claims the NCAA acted beyond its authority when it got the university to agree to a multi-year ban on postseason play, a $60 million fine and other sanctions.
The university agreed to the set of penalties and is not a party to the case.
Corbett sued in early January, arguing the NCAA's actions harmed students, businesses and others who had nothing to do with Sandusky's crimes. The Republican governor described the penalties as an illegal effort to increase the power of its own president and give some schools a competitive advantage.
The NCAA has said the consent decree with Penn State does not violate antitrust law and serves to improve competition in college sports.
Sandusky, a former longtime defensive coordinator under Joe Paterno, was convicted last summer of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.
A separate federal case filed by the NCAA, currently pending before the same judge, challenges a state law passed earlier this year that requires the Penn State fine to stay within Pennsylvania.