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Highlights from the press conference announcing the state of Pennsylvania's lawsuit against the NCAA

I did some live-tweeting during the announcement that the state of Pennsylvania is suing the NCAA to overturn the punishments against Penn State imposed from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Here's a summary of what was said.

Highlights from the press conference announcing the state of Pennsylvania's lawsuit against the NCAA


I did some live-tweeting during the announcement that the state of Pennsylvania is suing the NCAA to overturn the punishments against Penn State imposed from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Here's a summary of what was said. I've also added a few highlights of reactions from across Twitter.

Highlights from the press conference announcing the state of Pennsylvania's lawsuit against the NCAA

Storified by Jonathan Tannenwald· Wed, Jan 02 2013 08:45:00

Enter a cast of people to stand behind Tom Corbett.Jonathan Tannenwald
Among the cast members to stand behind Tom Corbett's podium are Penn State student leaders. Oh boy.Jonathan Tannenwald
That sure would create the appearance that Penn State is, at some level, supporting the lawsuit.Jonathan Tannenwald
Some 40 people including, #PSU students, alumni, biz leaders, lawmakers join Corbett to announce NCAA lawsuit.Amy Worden
But Penn State is publicly against the suit. Right? @inkyamyJonathan Tannenwald
Corbett extolling the student leaders and first-generation college students and how Penn State is an "economic engine." It sure is that.Jonathan Tannenwald
"subject to disparagement for the unforgiveable actions of a child predator" and "in a media storm," Penn State is.Jonathan Tannenwald
"The NCAA took actions and piled on," Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says of the punishment issued to Penn State.Jonathan Tannenwald
"Your" in the sense that you're being used as props. Oh excuse me RT @AmyZQuinn: Welcome to your Corbett re-election campaign, Penn Staters.Jonathan Tannenwald
"These sanctions did not punish Sandusky, nor did they punish the others that have been criminally charged."Jonathan Tannenwald
"Rather they punished the past, present and future students."Jonathan Tannenwald
"I've heard from many across Pennsylvania" against sanctions. Popular sentiment is why the democratically elected man is doing this, right?Jonathan Tannenwald
"The only logical conclusion is that the NCAA [issued the punishment] because they benefited from the penalties." - Pa. Gov. Tom CorbettJonathan Tannenwald
And Corbett announces the filing of a federal lawsuit asking that all of the NCAA's sanctions be thrown out.Jonathan Tannenwald
That couldn't possibly be intentional. RT @AmyZQuinn: And now Kathleen Kane has to execute Corbett's lawsuit on behalf of the state.Jonathan Tannenwald
"Our complaint states that the NCAA forced Penn State's new president to agree to... sanctions under threat of the death penalty."Jonathan Tannenwald
"A handful of top NCAA officials simply inserted themselves into [a situation] they had no authority to police..."Jonathan Tannenwald
"NCAA and [other] leaders worked to take down Penn State's football program." - Pa. Gov. Tom CorbettJonathan Tannenwald
"The NCAA and its president Mark Emmert seized upon the opportunity for publicity to their own benefit."Jonathan Tannenwald
*drink of water*Jonathan Tannenwald
"Now, I know that many of you have many questions such as why now."Jonathan Tannenwald
"I also didn't want to make the same mistake that the NCAA made by carelessly rushing in," Tom Corbett says of why he's filing the suit now.Jonathan Tannenwald
"Penn State does have a moral responsibility to the victims and the community and has accepted that responsibility."Jonathan Tannenwald
"The NCAA shouldn't have sanctioned Penn State... the NCAA has no authority and operated outside of their own bylaws with these sanctions."Jonathan Tannenwald
RT @gregotto: "I didn't want to file during the football season, and take away momentum from the football team" - Corbett.Jonathan Tannenwald
"The University was not invited to join the suit." - CorbettJonathan Tannenwald
The State has retained Cozen O'Connor as outside counsel in the suit.Jonathan Tannenwald
"I have not confirmed it with Kathleen Kane at this point. We plan to... very, very soon."Jonathan Tannenwald
"I don't believe in the anti-trust laws that the trade association, following its own bylaws, had the authority to do it."Jonathan Tannenwald
"We're not going to get into the politics of this. I'm here for one reason: I believe it's the right thing to do on behalf of the students"Jonathan Tannenwald
and "the citizens of Pennsylvania, the business in State College and across Pennsylvania who are being harmed by this."Jonathan Tannenwald
"It was not taken lightly - it was taken with a great deal of thought," Tom Corbett says in his final remarks about why the suit was filed.Jonathan Tannenwald
And now Schultz, the attorney, wants all of his questioning to be done off-camera.Jonathan Tannenwald
He walks away.Jonathan Tannenwald
With tax dollars? RT @AmyZQuinn: And who's paying for that outside counsel? I hear Tom Corbett has some wealthy friends who pay for stuff.Jonathan Tannenwald
This guy who's up there now, I don't know who it is.Jonathan Tannenwald
Thanks @gregotto: ths is Jim Schwartz, general counsel from commonwealth's general counsel officeJonathan Tannenwald
"The NCAA had no business in this pursuant to their bylaws." - Jim SchwartzJonathan Tannenwald
And the signal on the web stream just cut out.Jonathan Tannenwald
I am not in a position to make a judgment on Gov. Corbett "protecting folks who can't protect themselves," but maybe you can.Jonathan Tannenwald
The suit will be filed in Pennsylvania's middle district of the federal court system.Jonathan Tannenwald
Republican State Sen. Jake Corman says decreased attendances at Penn State football games equals monetary damage.Jonathan Tannenwald
"Don't forget the 60 million dollars that the NCAA wants to take out of the state of Pennsylvania and take nationally wherever they see fit"Jonathan Tannenwald
Corman, by the way, represents Centre, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry and Union counties, per his official website.Jonathan Tannenwald
I thought Corbett’s lawsuit was a heavy-handed negotiating tactic to keep fine in PA and even that seems optimistic now.John Infante
"He's doing this on behalf of citizens who can't bring a lawsuit... He's protecting folks who can't protect themselves." Schwartz on CorbettJonathan Tannenwald
Schwartz: "Costs associated with this are going to pale in comparison to damages" suffered as a result of "this anti-trust violation."Jonathan Tannenwald
"We had no settlement discussions with the NCAA... the NCAA didn't give Penn State the opportunity to have a discussion over this." SchwartzJonathan Tannenwald
"Penn State was the No. 2-most profitable football program in the country in 2010-11. There's no way that will continue" - SchwartzJonathan Tannenwald
Schwartz thus defends the profitability of Penn State's football program and is seeking to keep that going.Jonathan Tannenwald
"We have a sitting Atty. Gen. [Kane] knew the suit was coming. I can't speak for Kathleen Kane - we'll see what she has to say." - SchwwartzJonathan Tannenwald
"Logically, the other institutions [in the NCAA] are going to benefit from Penn State's demise." - SchwartzJonathan Tannenwald
"Infractions up to this date have been related to competition... cheating... academic infractions... not these tangential issues" - SchwartzJonathan Tannenwald
"There is no damage claim here, it's purely injunctive relief." - Schwartz, who adds the state is not seeking relief of legal fees.Jonathan Tannenwald
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