Ruling Involving NCAA
Penalty Against Penn State
April 12, 2014
HARRISBURG- Our speaker is Senator John Yudichak of Luzerne County, a
graduate of Penn State, who applauds the court ruling and says the NCAA got a
One-Two punch from the court.
Commonwealth Court this week upheld the constitutionality
of the state law passed last year that requires all $60 million of the NCAA’s
penalty against Penn State over the Jerry Sandusky scandal to be used in
Pennsylvania to combat sexual abuse of children. The court, however, did not order the NCAA to
abide by the terms of the law, saying that it needed to hear more argument on
the case before “making a legal determination which has such far-reaching
Senator Yudichak says though the ruling is a clear
victory for the General Assembly and for Pennsylvania. He says the money that Penn State must cough
up in fines to the NCAA should be spent only in Pennsylvania and that’s what
this law – deemed constitutional-- requires. The 2013 state law had been challenged by the NCAA.
Commonwealth Court also sharply criticized and even
questioned the validity of the controversial consent decree which obligates
Penn State to pay the fine. Senator
Yudichak says the Penn State Board of Trustees made a bad mistake by agreeing
to the punishment and sanctions in the consent decree and says the fight to
overturn them is not over.
Senator Yudichak also commended the lawsuit brought by
Republican Senator Jake Corman of Centre County and Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob
McCord in their attempt to force the NCAA to set up a fund in the state
treasury to combat sexual abuse of children in Pennsylvania.
Senator Yudichak says legislation that he and Senator
Corman are sponsoring would reduce the size of the Penn State Board of Trustees
from 32 to 23 members. He says a smaller
board would lead to greater transparency and make it a more fully engaged and
informed board of trustees. That bill
remains in a Senate committee awaiting action.