ARE FIESTA BOWL EXECUTIVES GOING TO JAIL?

John Junker, Fiesta Bowl

FIESTA BOWL CEO JOHN JUNKER: LOOKS BAD IN YELLOW BUT MAY SOON BE WEARING STRIPES

Everybody hates the BCS bowl system. In the latest poll, 90% of fans said they wanted a college football playoff.

But have you ever wondered how such a vile, evil, corrupt system continues to exist? After all, on the surface, it makes no sense. Every other sport in the world settles their championship ON the field. Not by polls, computers and back room deals.

Well, it turns out one of the reasons for the continued existence of the BCS is that officials from one of its major bowls have been caught flat out bribing politicians. The Arizona Republic interviewed current and former employees of the Fiesta Bowl. The employees told the paper that the Fiesta Bowl encouraged them to write campaign contribution checks to political candidates that were friendly towards the bowl. They were then reimbursed with “bonus” checks from the Fiesta Bowl in amounts directly related to their political contributions.

If the Arizona Republic allegations are true, then the Fiesta Bowl likely broke federal campaign finance  laws. The article has found five Fiesta Bowl employees who admitted to participating in the political contribution scheme. The newspaper then confirmed the employees’ political contributions through public records and matched up the bonus checks they received.

The article also details all sorts of other shady and possibly illegal activities by the Fiesta Bowl. For instance, Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker awarded himself a $125,000 interest free loan.

Finally, politicians weren’t the only ones bribed. It was also revealed (through their own tax records) that the Fiesta Bowl spent $4 million on lobbyists, trips, dinners and golf retreats to “build relationships” with people like athletic directors throughout the country. Those athletic directors are the very same individuals who vote on whether to have a college football playoff or maintain the current corrupt bowl system.

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