Corbett said that while what occurred at Penn State was both criminal and heinous, the conduct for which Penn
State was sanctioned consisted of alleged failures to report criminal activity on campus that did not impact fairness or integrity on the playing field.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, also accuses the NCAA of forcing Penn State president Rodney Erickson into silent compliance with its sanctions by threatening to impose even more debilitating sanctions to the football program.
Corbett maintains the Penn State‘s football program:
• Generated $161.5 million to business volume impact in 2009, with $90 million benefiting Centre County alone;
• Spent $16 million in Pennsylvania on goods and services with contractors and vendors in 2009 – essentially pumping money back into the state’s economy;
• Creates about 2,200 jobs - both direct jobs, such as box office and concession staff, and indirect jobs, such as shopkeepers to restaurant and hotel staff;
• Generates more than $5 million in tax revenue and supports a number of community programs run through and in conjunction with football and student athletics.