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Sentencing set for former CEO of Fiesta Bowl

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PHOENIX (AP) — A former longtime Fiesta Bowl chief executive who acknowledged participating in an illegal campaign contribution scheme faces sentencing Thursday in federal court.

John Junker pleaded guilty two years ago to a federal conspiracy charge after being accused of being involved in the scheme in which bowl employees made illegal campaign contributions to politicians and were reimbursed by the nonprofit bowl.

Prosecutors are seeking a one-year prison sentence, while Junker has asked for probation from U.S. District Judge David Campbell.

The scandal jeopardized the bowl’s NCAA license and its status as one of four bowls in the national college football championship rotation.

The Arizona bowl retained its Bowl Championship Series status at the time. The NCAA placed it on probation for a year, and the BCS fined it $1 million.

 

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