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Gov. Corbett 'Disappointed' In Kane's Ruling

by on June 06, 2013 5:49 PM

Now that a federal judge has tossed out his antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, a disappointed Gov. Tom Corbett says he'll continue to review his options. Thursday, Judge Yvette Kane dismissed the case, calling it a "Hail Mary." For his part, Corbett says his antitrust lawsuit should have been given "thorough consideration." 

Corbett filed the lawsuit as part of his quest to force the NCAA to rescind sanctions against Penn State. 

Corbett sued the NCAA in January seeking a full reversal of the sanctions levied against Penn State in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Penalties include a $60 million fine, a significant reduction in football scholarships and a four-year bowl ban for the football team. The NCAA also vacated all wins under former head coach Joe Paterno between 1998-2011.

Kane ruled Corbett's lawsuit had to be dismissed because the allegations about the NCAA did not qualify for antitrust status. She also said Corbett's argument that sanctions will have a negative economic impact is not plausible. 

The NCAA's Chief Legal Officer Donald Remy said in a statement the NCAA is "exceedingly pleased" Kane dismissed the suit and expressed hope the court order marks "the beginning of the end" of the divide that splits individuals who are considering Penn State's interests and those who are focused on Sandusky's victims being able to move forward.

Corbett's camp didn't respond until the afternoon, when his office issued the following statement: 

"I am disappointed with the court's decision and believe that the sanctions have harmed the citizens, students, athletes, alumni and taxpayers of Pennsylvania. Countless individuals and small businesses throughout the state will continue to suffer because of the NCAA's actions.

"I feel strongly that the claims we raised in this lawsuit were compelling and these issues deserved a complete and thorough review by the court.

"I will continue to analyze the ruling with my legal team and review our options."

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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