NCAA seeks dismissal of antitrust lawsuit

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HARRISBURG -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association has asked for the dismissal of a federal antitrust lawsuit by Gov. Tom Corbett that contests the sanctions issued against Penn State University after the Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.

In a motion filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the NCAA argued that Mr. Corbett lacks standing to challenge the sanctions, which were agreed to by Penn State, and that his lawsuit fails to allege harm to economic competition in support of its antitrust claim.

The governor, a Republican, announced Jan. 2 that he would file suit arguing the NCAA had no authority to punish Penn State over its handling of the child sexual abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

In July, Penn State agreed to a number of sanctions, including a $60 million fine, a four-year ban on post-season play, a four-year reduction in the number of players on scholarship and the canceling of all Penn State football wins from 1998 to 2011. The fine, which the NCAA said approximates one year's gross football revenue, is to be paid into an endowment for programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims.

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