WASHINGTON -- A group critical of the BCS is challenging the legality of a contract that calls for the Fiesta Bowl to receive more than $8 million over 20 years from an Arizona visitors bureau, and for the bowl to require teams and their affiliated groups to stay at specific hotels.
Playoff PAC calls this a "kickback," and has filed a complaint with the attorneys general of nines states seeking investigations. Bowl officials say the accusations are off base, and that the contract is not only legal but advantageous to the schools.
"We believe that this arrangement may violate Connecticut's prohibition on 'receiving kickbacks,"' the PAC's co-founder, Matthew Sanderson, wrote in a complaint filed with state Attorney General George Jepsen, obtained by The Associated Press. UConn lost this year's Fiesta Bowl to Oklahoma and also lost money on the game. In the complaint, Sanderson noted UConn spent $460,000 in hotel lodging and meals.
The PAC also filed complaints with Oklahoma, Idaho, West Virginia, Ohio, Texas, Oregon, Alabama and Florida, the other states with public schools that have played in the top-tier bowl game in recent years.