Another Small Legal Win for Pennsylvania Over NCAA
- $60M fine, 4-year bowl ban among penalties; university removes Paterno statue
- NCAA erred in its involvement in Penn State (essay)
- NCAA inquiry at Penn State is unprecedented involvement in criminal matter
- NCAA reduces sanctions against Penn State due to progress since Sandusky
- After Freeh report, some say a grand gesture is needed
The state may get to keep the money from a $60 million fine the National Collegiate Athletic Association levied against Pennsylvania State University after the Jerry Sandusky scandal, but it’s still not a sure thing, PennLive.com reported. The NCAA had ordered that the money go to child protection funds across the country, but two state legislators later sued the NCAA and passed an “Endowment Act” that required fines against any state-supported college to stay in Pennsylvania if they surpassed $10 million. The NCAA objected to the law in court (its motion to dismiss the lawsuit was denied), saying it was created specifically to foil the association. The Commonwealth Court has now said the law is allowable, but declined to end the lawsuit outright, instead asking for more argument on the case.