Corman Case Wins Decision over NCAA in Commonwealth Court

(Harrisburg) – The Commonwealth Court ruled today in favor of Senator Jake Corman’s court case against the NCAA distributing Penn State University sanction fine money outside of Pennsylvania, according to Senator Corman (R-Bellefonte).   The Court denied the NCAA’s challenge that the law keeping the fine money in the Commonwealth was unconstitutional and called into question the validity of the sanctions imposed upon Penn State by the NCAA.

“I am pleased the Court ruled once again in our favor, stating that the legislation we passed to keep the fine money here in Pennsylvania was legal and constitutional,” said Corman.  “To date, we have won every challenge the NCAA has put forth with regard to the legislation.”

In addition to the ruling on constitutionality, the Court ordered that Penn State be joined in the litigation as a party, indicating the Court’s intention to review the NCAA’s authority to impose the sanctions and whether the NCAA acted in accordance with its own constitution and bylaws.

“It appears the Court, in reviewing the NCAA challenge, has called into question the validity of the consent decree itself,” said Corman.  “This is an important development in the case and coincides with many calls for more scrutiny on the matter.  We are reviewing the Court’s opinion and looking at what are the best steps moving forward.  We are very pleased that the court has once again ruled in our favor on the legality of the legislation.”

Further information on the Commonwealth Court’s ruling can be found here.

Contact:

Scott Sikorski (717) 787-1377 or ssikorski@pasen.gov