APNewsBreak: Complaint filed against Fiesta Bowl

August 12, 2011 - 9:59 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 Connecticut attorney general's office asking for an investigation. Connecticut lost to Oklahoma in this year's Fiesta Bowl.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of a complaint filed in Connecticut. Playoff PAC says it plans to file eight similar complaints later Friday in other states with public schools that have played in the top-tier bowl game.

The PAC, which was formed to push for a college football playoff system, says that the contract squeezes schools by forcing them to fill a minimum number of rooms at high-end places. Fiesta Bowl chairman Duane Woods counters that the arrangement benefits schools by locking up large blocks of rooms at below-market rates.