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Pennsylvania state senator suing NCAA over Penn State fine

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A Pennsylvania state senator is suing the NCAA over a $60 million fine that Penn State is paying for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. The suit filed in Commonwealth Court Friday by Senator Jake Corman comes two days after Governor Tom Corbett filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA over the sanctions. Corman's lawsuit says the state gives Penn State so much money every year that “it would be impossible for the payments to be derived solely from non-Commonwealth funds.'' Here to talk about the case is our very own Legal Eagle, Paul DerOhannesian.

PENNSYLVANIA -- Senator Jake Corman of Pennsylvania is suing the NCAA over a $60 million fine Penn State is paying.

The NCAA claims the fine is for using Commonwealth funds to pay for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Corman's lawsuit says the state gives Penn State so much money every year that “it would be impossible for the payments to be derived solely from non-Commonwealth funds.''

The Senator's suit comes just two days after Governor Tom Corbett filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA over the sanctions.

According to experts, the federal lawsuit is trying to prove that the NCAA is a monopoly that is trying to regulate the football market.

"They're saying therefore because the NCAA shouldn't have this type of power, it shouldn't be able to impose sanctions like it did in this case and for example Penn State shouldn't be punished in terms of its post season activities, ability to give scholarships and that any money that's used for sex abuse programs should stay within Pennsylvania," said legal expert Paul DerOhannesian.

Critics of this case are asking why no one challenged the NCAA report in the first place and why it took so long for Governor Corbett, when he was attorney general, to bring Sandusky to justice.

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