Corbett Claims NCAA Moved Against PSU To Enhance Its Reputation

Written by Scott Detrow | Jan 2, 2013 8:44 PM

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Governor Corbett's antitrust lawsuit makes some harsh claims against the NCAA – the complaint filed in federal court essentially accuses the association and member schools of trying to cripple Penn State University for their own benefit.

Corbett's complaint argues the NCAA had no authority to impose the harsh sanctions it levied against Penn State, and that it only did-so to "enhance its own reputation." The federal lawsuit also claims member schools supported the move to "weaken a fellow competitor" and "cripple Penn State's ability to maintain a nationally renowned football program." CLICK HERE to read highlights from Corbett’s lawsuit.

The governor’s general counsel, James Schultz, explained the administration’s reasoning, saying, “The NCAA - is a trade association. It's made up of members of other institutions. Penn State's a big deal among those institutions. Logically, the other institutions are going to benefit by the demise of Penn State.”

The suit claims the NCAA's four-year bowl ban has harmed businesses that rely on big crowds at Penn State football games. “Look, this is big business,” said Schultz. “You have the hospitality industry and all the folks associated with it. You have the small mom-and-pop businesses. You have the folks that work for the university associated with the football program. You have a number of people that have jobs related to the industry of football at State College and here in the commonwealth.”

But this year, the school averaged about 97,000 fans at each home game. While lower than 2011 totals, the mark was good for fifth-best in college football.

The NCAA rejected Corbett’s suit in a Wednesday statement, saying it was, “disappointed by the governor’s action.  Not only does this forthcoming lawsuit appear to be without merit, it is an affront to all of the victims in this tragedy.”

Corbett called Sandusky’s crimes and the alleged cover-up “unforgivable,” but insisted the NCAA had no authority to impose sanctions involving violations that, by its own admission, are not mentioned in the organization’s rules. 


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