Analyzing Key Issues in Pennsylvania’s Case Against NCAA

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When Penn State hastily accepted the NCAA’s sanctions for the school’s involvement in the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the NCAA’s authority to punish its members for off-field criminal conduct seemed assured. But Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett has decided to stand up and challenge the authority of college sports’ governing body by filing a lawsuit on behalf of the state in federal court. The lawsuit will be mainly based on antitrust law, with the core argument that the NCAA and its member institutions — which compete on the field and in recruiting student-athletes — conspired to punish Penn State on grounds outside the NCAA’s regulatory authority.