(HARRISBURG) -- A federal judge in Pennsylvania says there's no legal basis for Governor Corbett's lawsuit against the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State related to Jerry Sandusky.
U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane has thrown out the anti-trust lawsuit Corbett filed in January in which he sought to overturn the $60 million fine, four-year bowl ban and other penalties.
Kane calls Corbett's argument ``a Hail Mary pass'' and is ending the case in its early stages.
Penn State, which agreed to the penalties, isn't a party to the case.
A spokesman for Corbett's general counsel's office offered no immediate comment.
The NCAA says it's "exceedingly pleased."
Donald Remy, the NCAA's chief legal officer, says the organization hopes the ruling will help heal divides caused by the Sandusky scandal.
Sandusky, a former university assistant football coach, is serving a decades-long prison sentence for child molestation.
UPDATE (6/6/13 2:56 p.m.):
Governor Corbett has issued a statement about the ruling:
“I am disappointed with the court’s decision and believe that the sanctions have harmed the citizens, students, athletes, alumni and taxpayers of Pennsylvania. Countless individuals and small businesses throughout the state will continue to suffer because of the NCAA’s actions. I feel strongly that the claims we raised in this lawsuit were compelling and these issues deserved a complete and thorough review by the court. I will continue to analyze the ruling with my legal team and review our options.’’
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