Law says proceeds from NCAA fine must go to programs in Pennsylvania
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Gov. Corbett will sign a bill to limit proceeds from the NCAA fine of Penn State University to programs within the state, a spokeswoman said.
As part of the NCAA's sanctions in the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the university agreed in July to pay $60 million to create an endowment for programs related to child sexual abuse. A bill by Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre, to restrict those payments to Pennsylvania programs headed to the governor's desk after passing the House today.
Mr. Corman has said the NCAA indicated it would commit only 25 percent of proceeds to Pennsylvania organizations.
"Governor Corbett maintains that any Penn State funding directed to child advocacy groups and victims services organizations should remain in Pennsylvania," spokeswoman Janet Kelley said in an email.
Mr. Corbett has challenged the Penn State sanctions in court, arguing the NCAA overstepped its authority in issuing the sanctions, which also include a four-year ban on postseason play and a reduction in the number of players on scholarship. The NCAA argues Mr. Corbett lacks standing to contest the sanctions and that his lawsuit fails to allege harm to economic competition to support its antitrust claim.
The university announced in December it had set aside the first $12 million installment while an NCAA task force establishes an endowment.
First Published February 13, 2013 7:19 pm