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Football: Legality of free Fiesta Bowl tickets questioned

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By Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Senate Ethics Committee review found some lawmakers may have violated state law by improperly accepting free football game tickets from the Fiesta Bowl, Chairman Ron Gould said Thursday.
However, Gould told The Associated Press that he is temporarily refraining from taking further action because he doesn’t want to taint a criminal investigation being conducted by Maricopa County prosecutors.
In a related development, Senate President Russell Pearce released copies of canceled checks and other documents that he said show a “clear pattern of compliance” with state laws restricting acceptance of gifts and of making reimbursements to the Fiesta Bowl for game tickets.
Pearce released the material one day after the bowl was fined $1 million by a bowl consortium for apparent illegal campaign contributions and inappropriate spending.
The Bowl Championship Series presidential oversight committee, which made the decision Wednesday, also attached several other conditions as it let the Fiesta Bowl remain part of the system for deciding college football’s national champion. They included steps to strengthen the Fiesta Bowl’s board along with greater supervision of executives to make sure the problems are not repeated, according to materials obtained by The Associated Press.


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