- - Wednesday, March 30, 2011

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Fiesta Bowl troubles could lead to ejection from BCS

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. | The Fiesta Bowl ejected its chief executive amid corruption accusations and now faces another challenge: persuading the BCS to let it stay in the lucrative bowl system used to crown a national champion.

If Fiesta Bowl officials can’t, BCS executive director Bill Hancock says, the organization has no problem booting them.

The Fiesta Bowl released an internal report that uncovered “excessive compensation, nonbusiness and inappropriate expenditures and inappropriate gifts” and fired longtime CEO and President John Junker.

The BCS has set up a task force to help determine whether the leaders of major college football want to continue doing business with the Fiesta Bowl. It is in the second year of a four-year deal to be part of the BCS.

The BCS is one of three organizations whose polls crown national champions. The others are the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today.

The reimbursements, listed as at least $46,539, are an apparent violation of state campaign finance laws and the charter that allows the Fiesta Bowl its nonprofit status. Arizona state prosecutors are also conducting a probe.

The Fiesta board unanimously fired Junker “for his improper and inappropriate activities documented” in the report.

NBA

Nets start selling premium seats to Brooklyn arena

BROOKLYN, N.Y. | The New Jersey Nets have started selling their premium season tickets for their inaugural 2012-13 NBA season at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Nets Chief Executive Officer Brett Yormark said the team has offered current season tickets holders the opportunity to buy its top ticket package, which is being called “All Access” season tickets. The offers were mailed recently.

The packages will cover 4,000 club and courtside seats in the area. Yormark said that all of the top-of-the-line All Access seats have been sold. He did not say how much they cost.

The remaining premium seats range in price from $99 to $1,500 per seat.

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