Considered Opinion

The Penn-State Shakedown: The NCAA Piles On

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


In the aftermath of revelations of Jerry Sandusky's predatory child molestations, the NCAA swiftly entered into a stunning agreement in which it extracted a $60 million fine from Penn State, imposed a ban on its football program from bowl games and post-season play for four years, a reduction in scholarships from 25 to 15 per year for four years, vacated all of the team's wins from 1998 to 2011, and put it on a five-year probationary period. News reports are unclear about the exact destination of the $60 million fine, but suggest that an endowment will be established to serve victims of child abuse.

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  • Observer

    Terrific cogent argument. Thank you for this, Ms. Little.

  • Long Island Lawyer (and parent)

    In an age of jumping on the bandwagon, it is refreshing to come across such a well-thought out position. It is outrageous that Penn State was permitted to pay for failing to protect children from its coach with taxpayer money intended to benefit its students. I understand the fine may be covered by team profits, but the justification for letting schools make that profit from their students frequently is that the profit helps the schools, which helps all the students. What should have been done is those actually responsible should have been called to task. A terrible crime was committed and someone should pay. Too bad it has to be students and taxpayers. I can't help but wonder what the legal fees added up to. Maybe the lawyers worked on this pro bono.

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