The NCAA, Gov. Tom Corbett and others will have time to hash out their lawsuit over how $60 million in fine money imposed against Penn State can be spent.
Federal Judge Yvette Kane granted a stay in the case Thursday pending settlement negotiations.
It comes one day after attorneys for the NCAA and the top Pennsylvania officials the organization is suing joined together in asking for a delay.
“In an effort to streamline this litigation, counsel herein intends to engage in discussions regarding the possibility of reaching an amicable resolution of this case,” attorneys wrote in the request, filed in U.S. Middle District Court.
Corbett, Treasurer Rob McCord and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale are among those named as defendants in the lawsuit.
The NCAA filed the suit as a challenge to the Endowment Act — a Pennsylvania law to keep Penn State fine money from being spent outside the state — arguing that the law is unconstitutional.
The $60 million fine is among the sanctions the NCAA levied against Penn State in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years in state prison for molesting 10 young boys, and three former Penn State administrators are awaiting trial on charges they covered up abuse allegations.