Freeh’s report said that Paterno and other offi­cials hushed up alle­ga­tions against San­dusky for fear of bad pub­licity and, by impli­ca­tion, all that bad pub­licity could bring – a loss of power, pres­tige, fame and money.

People have attached a $50-​​million price tag on Penn State foot­ball,” said Dan Lebowitz, exec­u­tive director of Sport In Society at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “Obvi­ously, people made an egre­gious deci­sion to err on the side of the $50 mil­lion rather than on the side of the rights of children.”

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