BCS fines Fiesta Bowl $1M over campaign contributions
Oklahoma celebrates a Fiesta Bowl win on January 1. The Fiesta Bowl operated the BCS championship game nine days later.
May 11th, 2011
10:29 PM ET

BCS fines Fiesta Bowl $1M over campaign contributions

College football's Bowl Championship Series says it will fine the Fiesta Bowl $1 million and impose other sanctions after the bowl reported that it had, among other things, reimbursed employees for political contributions they made allegedly at bowl leaders' encouragement.

The Fiesta Bowl can remain a part of the BCS, a system that determines the national college football champion, if it adheres to all sanctions, the BCS said Wednesday.

Had the Fiesta Bowl not implemented its own reforms when it self-reported in March, BCS investigators "almost certainly would have recommended the termination of the BCS Group's involvement with the Fiesta Bowl," a BCS report said.

Although the BCS looks intent on keeping the Fiesta Bowl, the NCAA has yet to decide whether it will continue to license the game.

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  1. Marti

    Way to bring even more dirty politics into the college sports arena. Jacassios!

    May 11, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. s

    so they pay a fine..still get to host college football championship game..and we still have no playoff..Way to go BCS What a joke!

    May 11, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Spaulding Voit

    What a joke..the BCS investigating their own sponsored game and then fining themselves 1 million$

    May 11, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Go Long

    The joke is the BCS rakes in approx 14 million on these games,and still wont implement a playoff... .

    May 11, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Agent 420

    I enjoy Tostidos chips and salsa... .

    May 12, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Gawd Phoenix is turning into a sh/thole.

    May 12, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. dan smith

    Sounds like what the unions do in Detroit,guess it's alright for them to do though since they support Obama.

    May 12, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lisa

    What do unions and Obama have to do with the BCS? They didnt even mention political party affiliation of the donors much less candidates. And the unions didnt destroy Detroit-or anyone else for that matter. Crappy management did. Just like Toledo.

    May 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael

    I love how banasy gets on here and tells us how she is blessed with a wonderful family and telling us her stories. And the rapport with her gang of buddies is so fun to read. They should to do it more! Banasy, you and your sista sound like people I'd like to meet online. Do me a favor and tell me how to make friends. Txt or call your buddies and tell them I need friends! Don't ever get off of these blogs.

    May 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dan smith

    Paying people 30 plus dollars an hour along with basically free medical,dental and an outrageous retirement plan definitely crippled Detroit. No business can survive by paying thousands of people on a line a close to a hundred thousand a year in salary and benefits, you really need to read some books on business management. It's also well known that the Democrats are trying to break the BCS through legal attacks, so the likelihood that these donations were to other parties is very high.

    May 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |