Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord thinks the NCAA is setting different courts against each other.
In documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Friday, treasury chief counsel Christopher Craig said the college sports organization is “acting desperate” with its filings in multiple courts.
The NCAA is suing McCord and Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Chairman Mark Zimmer in federal court, challenging the Endowment Act, the legislation that would keep $60 million in fine money in Pennsylvania. The fines were part of the sanctions levied after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
McCord and state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, are suing the NCAA and the university in Commonwealth Court over the enforcement of the same legislation.
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Although that case heads to court in January, Judge Anne Covey has already ruled that the law is constitutional and accused the NCAA of “forum shopping.”
“The NCAA now turns to this court to pursue a more favorable ruling,” Craig wrote, saying the request puts an “awkward friction” between the two courts.