The Fiesta Bowl fired president and CEO John Junker after a scathing internal report released Tuesday found "an apparent scheme" to reimburse employees for political contributions and "an apparent conspiracy" to cover it up.
The reimbursements, totaling at least $46,539, appear to violate state and federal campaign finance laws. The Arizona attorney general’s office is conducting a probe of the matter and the BCS reacted swiftly, saying it would undertake an investigation of its own to “consider whether the Fiesta Bowl should remain a BCS bowl game or other appropriate sanctions.”
Junker had been the face of the event for three decades, guiding it from upstart status to become one of the BCS giants. With an annual salary of about $600,000, he had been on paid administrative leave since Feb. 4.
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