Tag:Fiesta Bowl Investigation
Posted on: April 21, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 6:05 pm

NCAA delays Fiesta Bowl ruling

Posted by Chip Patterson

While the college football offseason has provided us with plenty of off-field news to talk about, few headlines have stirred the BCS pot quite like the reports of financial improprieties with the Fiesta Bowl. Many believe that the Fiesta Bowl, as well as the Insight Bowl, could both be in jeopardy of losing their licenses when the bowls are reviewed by the Postseason Bowl Licensing Subcommittee at an annual meeting in New Orleans next weekend. On Thursday Nick Carparelli, Jr., the chair of the Football Issues Committee, announced that any specific decision on the two bowls would be delayed until another time.

“We are delaying our overall licensing review and decision of the Fiesta Bowl and Insight Bowl until we can discuss these details with bowl officials and fully examine all appropriate information,” Carparelli explained in an official release.

The licensing subcommittee has asked bowl representatives to provide details as to how they will improve the management of the bowls and their finances, including future business plans. For the organizers of the two bowl games, the extension comes as good news. Now the big-wigs who have not been removed from their post can have more time to clean up the mess. They will fight in the coming months to prove the Fiesta Bowl's validity as a principle member of the Bowl Championship Series, while Jerry Jones and the Cotton Bowl wait patiently with baited breath.
Posted on: February 14, 2011 7:29 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 8:02 pm

Fiesta Bowl CEO placed on leave

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.

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