NCAA Sues to Block New Law That Would Keep Penn State Fines in Pa.

The NCAA on Wednesday filed suit in federal court in an attempt to block a new Pennsylvania law that would require Pennsylvania State University’s $60-million fine from the Sandusky sex-abuse scandal to be used exclusively in the state. The association filed the suit hours after Gov. Tom Corbett signed the measure into law. The suit argues that the law is unconstitutional because it represents government interference with a contractual agreement between the association and Penn State. The two parties are already tied up in another legal fight over the penalties levied against Penn State in the scandal’s wake. The university is not a party to either complaint.

Corbett, during an editorial board session with PennLive Wednesday, said he was not surprised that the law would bring a challenge from the NCAA, but he said he felt it was a risk worth taking for Pennsylvania.

“It merits our trying to keep the money in Pennsylvania,” Corbett said.

“They (the NCAA) are getting it from the state university. The idea of spreading it around the country, when you could concentrate it here in Pennsylvania – where obviously the reporting wasn’t as it should have been – makes perfect sense to me.”

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