Fiesta Bowl Strip Club Trips And More
UPDATE: The BCS has released this statement following the report
After a month of sitting on paid leave, today the Fiesta Bowl has officially fired CEO John Junker. And was he fired you ask, well among other things:
The Fiesta Bowl paid a $1,200 strip-club bill for Junker, former VP of media Shawn Schoeffler and Maricopa County sheriff’s lieutentant Aaron Brown. Schoeffler was reimbursed for six other trips to said business establishment. Junker’s comment about the trips: “We are in the business where big strong athletes are known to attend these types of establishments. It was important for us to visit, and we certainly conducted business.”
Outrageous personal expenses:
- The Fiesta Bowl spent $33,000 to throw Junker a 50th birthday party at Pebble Beach, paying for flights, food, car rentals and lodging. (at least they picked a nice location.)
- The Fiesta Bowl spent $75 to send flowers to the head of honors admissions at the Univeristy of Texas. Lucy Junker was applying to the program.
- The Fiesta Bowl spent $13,000 on expenses related to Junker’s assistant’s wedding. The bowl flew Junker’s family and other Fiesta Bowl employees to the wedding. It also helped pay for her honeymoon.
- The Fiesta Bowl paid Junker an annual salary of $592,000, to run a football game once a year.
Illegal political contributions:
- “Nearly a dozen” employees admitted they were reimbursed with “bonuses” for making political donations and urged to lie about it. Junker and his wife were also reimbursed for a $4,200 donation to John McCain in 2007.
- The Bowl also did a lot of toasting and not just for the players. It paid to cater political fundraisers, including ones for the speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives in 2007 and the mayor of Scottsdale in 2009.
- The Fiesta Bowl paid for “educational trips” for Arizona politicians and their families to cities such as Chicago and Boston.