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Fiesta Bowl CEO placed on leave

Posted on: February 14, 2011 7:29 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 8:02 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Fiesta Bowl has been under fire for a while now thanks to its alleged ties to lobbyists -- which its since severed -- and political contributions that were made under CEO John Junker. Of course, that hasn't stopped the game from proceeding down its usual path, and raking in millions of dollars ever year.

It seems change is in the air, however, as it was announced on Monday that Junker has been placed on leave while a current investigation of the game's spending habits under him continues.
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl board on Monday placed longtime Chief Executive John Junker on paid administrative leave while an independent investigation examines allegations he was involved in improper political campaign contributions and questionable expense reimbursements.
Monday's announcement is the first time that Junker, who makes nearly $600,000 a year, has been accused by the bowl of financial irregularities. The bowl gave no details regarding the accusations, and a spokesman said the bowl would have no further comment.
Junker could not be reached immediately for a response. It was unclear whether he would be asked to permanently resign or could be reinstated in full in the future.
Essentially, what Junker is accused of doing was having employees do is make political contributions to certain candidates, and then reimbursing them for the donations. In his place will be the bowl's former chairman, Alan Young. The investigation is being led by a special committee of the game's Board of Directors. Bowl officials, including Young, had been standing behind Junker as this investigation developed over the last few months, and today's news is the first indication that a change may be coming to the way the Fiesta Bowl does its business.


Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2011 9:58 am

Fiesta Bowl CEO placed on leave

This is exactly how Congress is bought off by the NCAA.  You hcan bet that other Bowls take care of other Congressional and Senatorial candidates so the current bowl system survives.  I see that most of the clowns in here who think they know something about politics are balming either the Republican or Democratic Party for this also.  Get a life dummies.  Bpwl games pay off BOTH parties, to make sure they have the winner in Washington D.C.

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2011 9:56 pm

Fiesta Bowl CEO placed on leave

Democrats? In AZ? Not a powerful lot, maybe you're developmentally disables (the old 'r' word) avengergirl. It's the same group of greaseballs who have been shipping jobs overseas since the Reagan era while they harp on everybody to get a job, Republican c*cks*cking CEOs.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2011 9:43 pm

Fiesta Bowl CEO placed on leave

These are the guys that are fighting a playoff with everything they have...and that seems to be a lot. The NCAA would rather be in bed with guys like this...and their pocketfuls of unaccountable cash...than decide the NC on the field.

On another note, a rich scumbag with no scruples...lining Republican political coffers. What a shock!

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2011 9:39 pm

Fiesta Bowl CEO placed on leave

Now that that little business has been reported, the BCS can get down to the real important items on its agenda and will find a spot on its governing committee for Mr Junker. A person of his such obvious high standards and morals will be very appreciated within the collegiate football Bowl Championship Sham. I am sure he will fit right in there.

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2011 9:35 pm

Wonder what the bonus was.....

.....for agreeing to match TCU and Boise St.?  Anybody wanna bet their house that the BCS didn't put pressure on this lowlife scumbag, and offer him a huge "windfall" to put these two non-AQ's in the same game?

Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2011 9:26 pm

Fiesta Bowl CEO placed on leave

It doesn't surprise me of a Republican mentioned in the same sentence as breach of ethics. My suggestion - put your mouth where your money is. Don't like the way a person is doing business then don't do business with them.

Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2011 9:24 pm

$600k to manage a football game???

This guy makes $600,000 to run a football game that is pre-chosen for the most part by the media and on-the-field play? You wonder why people are broke in this country...take a look here. This guy is obviously a 'have' that is taking care of his business without much concern to ethics. Play fair, right? Or, just win?

just a ridiculuous story that makes me wonder how many more of these guys are fleecing the system. Cough. Sugar Bowl.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 14, 2011 9:14 pm

Fiesta Bowl CEO placed on leave

Ah, dang.

Since the article was coy with the names of the politicians to whom contributions had been made, I was hoping - and indeed, expecting - that it had been Democrats.

But, not so, at least one of the politicians who benefitted, JD Hayworth, was a Republican.

Ah, well.

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