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Fiesta Bowl Cancels This Year's Fiesta Frolic Event In Wake Of Scandal
Published April 1, 2011
IN HOT WATER: In Phoenix, Mike Sunnucks reports the Fiesta Bowl "could sue ousted CEO John Junker and other committee executives for inappropriate and excessive expenses and perks." Fiesta Bowl Chair Duane Woods said that the bowl is "considering suing any executives who misspent money in an effort to recoup the funds" (PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL, 4/1 issue). In Phoenix, Bob Young notes Junker always was the "first to defend the bowl, to the point of paranoia," and he "fretted constantly about the bowl's place" in the BCS. Young: "The sad irony of it all is that Junker might be the very man who brings it all down. ... But make no mistake. This sort of behavior is not confined to the Fiesta. And bowl executives everywhere are squirming" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 4/1).
NEXT IN LINE? The PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL reports former D'Backs President and Suns VP & COO Rich Dozer "has been approached by Fiesta Bowl officials to take over the helm at the college bowl game." Sources said that Dozer is "interested in the position." Other names mentioned as a possible successor to Junker include Suns Senior VP/Brand & Business Development Jay Parry, former Suns Senior VP/Marketing Communications Ray Artigue and USA Basketball Chair Jerry Colangelo (BIZJOURNALS.com, 3/31).