NCAA Lawsuit Will Head to Court Next Month

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After four months of back-and-forth remarks, the lawsuit between Pennsylvania and the NCAA will finally stand before a judge.

US District Judge Yvette Kane of Harrisburg has summoned attorneys for Governor Corbett and the NCAA on May 1 at 10:00 am. She will listen to oral arguments surrounding the NCAA’s motion to dismiss the Commonwealth’s lawsuit. In early January, the Governor sued the intercollegiate athletic body to overturn sanctions placed on Penn State and the football program. The University has not endorsed Tom Corbett’s efforts. However, student leaders have backed Corbett’s endeavor.

The Governor argues that the NCAA’s sanctions violate antitrust laws and would hurt students instead of Jerry Sandusky. Mark Emmert & Co. responded that Pennsylvania’s lawsuit was a setback “without merit.” In February, the NCAA filed its motion to dismiss.

The NCAA also filed a lawsuit in February to dismiss a law to keep the sixty million dollar fine within Pennsylvania. The NCAA claims the Commonwealth will violate the Fifth Amendment by interfering with a private contract.

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