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IRS Audits Of Bowl Games Becoming More Frequent In Wake Of '11 Fiesta Bowl Scandal
Published March 13, 2014
SPEAK OF THE DEVIL: The AP's Jacques Billeaud reports former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker today faces sentencing in federal court after he "acknowledged participating in an illegal campaign contribution scheme." He pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charges, and prosecutors "want a one-year prison sentence, while Junker has asked for probation" from U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell. Junker also faces a March 20 sentencing in Arizona state court. The scandal "jeopardized the bowl's NCAA license and its status as one of four bowls in the national college football championship rotation" (AP, 3/13). NEWSWEEK's John Walters writes Junker symbolically "became the face of hubris and corruption that sports media and the public had long suspected was rampant in the stacked-deck ecosystem" of the BCS (NEWSWEEK.com, 3/12).