Details to one of the bigger corruption schemes in college football were released Tuesday. Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker was fired based on the findings of an investigation that revealed improper use of funds and campaign contributions. To understand the background for Junker’s job, he makes nearly $600,000 a year just for running the Fiesta Bowl, which is one of the four BCS bowl game sites (along with the Sugar, Orange, and Rose Bowl). The Fiesta Bowl has been found to fund politicians’ campaigns so they protect the BCS, which in turn protects the job and cushy living people like Junker make. And why wouldn’t he do everything possible to protect his job? When you look at the long list of gifts he lavished himself, his family, and his friends with, it will all make sense.
The investigation found that “bowl-paid expenses included tickets to high-profile sporting events, such as the Super Bowl, that were given to local politicians, visits to a local strip club, a 50th-birthday party for Junker and other executives at Pebble Beach and a honeymoon trip to Vancouver for Junker’s executive assistant.”
Yes, tax dollars were used to fund a strip club visit for Junker and two of his pals. From the investigation report: