This Junker isn’t going to fly again…
Over the last few days a lot of information has come out regarding corruption at the Fiesta Bowl. It cost John Junker his job and it may cost the Fiesta Bowl its status as a BCS game. Expect more to come out as further investigations are launched and more people talk about the situation. You can read the entire report here, its ugly.
The nexus of Big Sports with Big Education and Big Media creates Big Money, which leads to Big Corruption. If anybody thinks that the Fiesta Bowl situation is unique in this respect, open your eyes! The money from sponsors and media coverage flows to those who control access to these events, who then dole it out to ensure their event garners the support it needs to stay popular and generate increasing revenue.
I am trying to think where else this principle may apply, hmmmm…
Back to the Bowl system though. Some sports writers are talking about the corruption and self-serving deals that are a part of the BCS system. People at the Fiesta Bowl along with the politicians and power-brokers they support do just fine in this arrangement, yet sometimes the universities get stuck with a bill instead of a large check. This does not appear to be sustainable over the long-haul, especially as the economy continues to flounder and funding for university athletics becomes more scarce.
UPDATE: The only good news is that former Fiesta Bowl Attorney Grant Woods does not have a political future anymore.
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March 31st, 2011 by admindude