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Gov. Corbett’s suit vs. the NCAA over Penn State/Sandusky penalties

January 8, 2013

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett sued the NCAA last week on behalf of the Commonwealth, claiming that the governing body for college sports went overboard in penalizing Penn State in response to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. In the wake of the damning Freeh report, the NCAA sanctioned the Nittany Lions with an unprecedented $60 million fine to be spent on child protection, a four-year ban on bowl games, cutting its number of football scholarships, allowing football players to transfer without penalty and vacating all football wins between 1998 and 2011. Corbett contends the collegiate sport association overstepped its authority and crippled Central Pennsylvania’s economy and Penn State’s competitive advantage in intercollegiate athletics. Starting us off with a look at the legal and anti-trust issues involved in the lawsuit is MATT MITTEN, director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School. Then we’ll debate the suit and its political ramifications with GIL SPENCER, columnist for the Delaware County Daily Times and a supporter of Gov. Corbett’s lawsuit; and CHRISTINE BRENNAN, USA Today sports columnist and a critic of the lawsuit.

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