The following headline broke around the country about the Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday:
Fiesta Bowl fined $1 million, keeps BCS status
If the REAL headline of the underlying news of the above story that broke on Wednesday was accurate it would instead say something like:
A group of college academic and athletic administrators that have sold their souls and their own schools out to the bowl system let the Fiesta Bowl off the hook and then fined their own institutions $1 million dollars
Below are the members of the Fiesta Bowl “Review Panel”:
Graham Spanier, Penn State president
John Peters, Northern Illinois president
John Marinatto, Big East commish
Wright Waters, Sun Belt commish
Jeremy Foley, Florida AD
Bob Bowlsby, Stanford AD
Richard Giannani, Southern Miss AD
Yes, these are some Real Men of Genius!
We cannot help but wonder where the above members of the Fiesta Bowl “review” panel believe the Fiesta Bowl will get that $1 million dollars from?
They will get that $1 million dollars from YOUR institutions or rather the Fiesta Bowl will just dip into its $15 Million Dollars Plus of assets on hand to find the money which also has been piling up in the Fiesta Bowl’s bank accounts directly from them taking advantage of football teams that have been forced by current Fiesta Bowl contracts with the BCS and conferences to buy game tickets and hotels from….you guessed it…the Fiesta Bowl!
Oh, by the way, UConn lost nearly $1.8 Million Dollars by playing in the Fiesta Bowl this past season and their opponent in the Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma lost over a Million Dollars as well with the Big 12 picking up the cost of lots of unsold tickets:
“Oklahoma had a net gain of $9,350 from its Jan.1 date with UConn in the Fiesta Bowl, according to a school official and financial documents submitted to the NCAA.
However, the gain would have been a huge loss had it not been for the Big 12 policy of absorbing much of the cost of unsold tickets. The Big 12 absorbed 10,403 tickets at $1,884,250. The school absorbed 1,530 at $337,080.”
Hell, UConn by itself paid that Bogus $1 million dollar Fiesta Bowl “fine” and still left another $800K with the bowl game! Yes, if you are thinking these are Very Stupid People…you would be right!
Yes, the Fiesta Bowl and the BCS makes perfect sense…..If you are a complete moron that enjoy costing intercollegiate athletics Billions of Dollars and doesn’t give a Damn about intercollegiate athletics and student-athletes…but then let’s not confuse the folks that can be bought off with 5-star accommodations, expensive food, a few rounds of golf and lots of money sloshing around in the bowl system that is under no real accountability at all…with the facts.
One of the great things about the Playoff PAC organization is that they have a News & Key Documents page on their website that details many very important news stories about the Bogus BCS and also on that page are links to the IRS Form 990 that the BCS bowl games have to file each year with the US Government and those Form 990s are interesting reading indeed.
Playoff PAC – News & Key Documents
Looking over the BCS Bowls IRS Form 990s we found out the following information about the Fiesta and other BCS bowl games:
As the end of 2009, the latest IRS Form 990 that is now on file, we find that the Arizona Sports Foundation that runs the Fiesta Bowl had on hand…
$15 Million Dollars in the bank
Where did that $15 Million Dollars come from you ask? Oh, that would be DIRECTLY from the institutions of higher learning as represented by the Fiesta Bowl “Review Panel” that just “fined” the Fiesta Bowl $1 Million Dollars which the Fiesta Bowl will just take out of the $15 Million Dollars which has been piling up in the Fiesta Bowl’s bank accounts because Very Stupid Conference Commissioners, Athletic Directors and other Morons across the game of college football have cut Incredibly Stupid deals with these Bogus Bowl games that REQUIRE schools playing in the bowl games to spend Millions of Dollars of their own money for the right to play in those games.
Yes, you read that right, which is the Very Dirty Secret about the Bogus Bowl games….it is the schools themselves that pay all of this money that flows into these bowl games and then comes out the other end somewhere with the bowl game executives spending millions of dollars wining and dining the very same people that sit on panels like this Bogus Fiesta Bowl “Review Panel.”
Yes, the Fiesta Bowl “Review Panel” just fined ALL 120 schools that play Major College Football…
What an idea! We will just fine the Fiesta Bowl $1 Million Dollars and since it is the college football teams that play I-A football that actually fund ALL of the Fiesta Bowl’s operations and allow it to exist at all, we can just spread that $1 million dollar fine across to everyone in college football. There certainly can’t be anyone on the Fiesta Bowl “Review Panel” that thinks the Fiesta Bowl piled up $15 Million Dollars in the bank and that money just appeared there out of thin air…..right? Well, maybe when you have Very Stupid People that can be bought off with a round of golf then maybe there are people that think the Fiesta Bowl earned all that money without it not being taken directly from the college football programs that play I-A football. Yes, that’s a possibility, if you are talking about Complete Morons….otherwise anyone with an IQ above room temperature would know better!
Oh, by the way, those IRS Form 990s filed by the other Bogus BCS bowls reveal the following amounts in the bank as of the end of 2009:
Fiesta Bowl – $15 Million Dollars
Sugar Bowl – $32 Million Dollars
Rose Bowl – $19.2 Million Dollars
Orange Bowl – $31.5 Million Dollars
Total: $97.7 Million Dollars
How did the Bogus BCS bowl games pile up that $97.7 Million Dollars? By ripping off the Buffoons, Idiots and Fools that now run Major College Football who didn’t think twice about forcing their own institutions losing Millions of Dollars to have the right to play in those very same Bogus BCS games.
If fact, that $97.7 Million Dollars that the Bogus BCS bowl games have sitting in the bank….that rightfully belongs to the 120 teams that play major college football…but then it would take conference commissioners that cared more about student-athletes and intercollegiate athletics than holding personal power and being able to dole out money themselves for that money to be in its rightful place.
(Let’s not even mention the Billions of Dollars that the Bogus BCS has cost intercollegiate athletics over its 13-year life instead of the same postseason tournament that determined the champion of EVERY other NCAA sport. Hell, $97.7 Million Dollars is just a drop in the bucket to the BILLIONS OF DOLLARS that people like the folks on the Fiesta Bowl “Review” Panel have cost intercollegiate athletics over the past 13 years…and will cost over another Billion Dollars or so before the Bogus BCS is replaced with a playoff….and it will be replaced with playoff and there is NOT A DAMN THING anyone will be able to do to stop that from happening. Take our word on that.)
Yes, it would take a Real Moron to come up with the current Bogus college football postseason and when the details of just what the Buffoons, Idiots and Fools have cost Major College Football over the past 13 years and how these bowl games have been able to buy off lots of people with a few pieces of silver….well….the last thing some of these folks are going to have to worry about is things like the Fiesta Frolic and whether they should let a bowl pay their green fees or not. Green fees, hotel rooms, 5-star accommodations and all manner of other “spending” by the Bogus BCS bowl games and who accepted ALL OF THE ABOVE is going to be the real issue in the coming months and years.
Memo to Fiesta Bowl “Review Panel and everyone else that has their hands in the bowl money pot:
These bowl games have claimed they are “Non-Profit” organizations and it is our opinion that there are a WHOLE lot of people in college football that have aided, abetted and been deeply involved with bowl games that have openly violated IRS rules as it applies to Non-Profit organizations and it is also our opinion that will become abundantly clear to all college football fans in the not to far off future.
Below is an interesting quote from the Fiesta Bowl folks from an AP news story from September 2010:
Bowls accused of violating tax-exempt status
“Opponents of how college football crowns its champion accused three of the nation’s premier bowls of violating their tax-exempt status by paying excessive salaries and perks, providing “sweetheart loans” and doing undisclosed lobbying.
Playoff PAC, a political action committee that wants the bowls replaced with a championship playoff system, plans to file a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service today against the operators of the Fiesta, Sugar and Orange Bowls, three of the five games that constitute the Bowl Championship Series (the others are the Rose Bowl and the BCS title game). The Associated Press obtained a copy of the complaint prior to its filing.
In a statement Wednesday, the Fiesta Bowl called Playoff PAC’s allegations “dated, tired and discredited,” adding, “The Fiesta Bowl is confident that it has always fully complied with tax laws and rules in its operations and activities.”
Oh, that’s Rich and we have some news for Bill Hancock and ALL of the Bogus BCS bowl games….
EVERY DIME you have spent over the past 13 years is going to be gone over, but not by the an independent panel….NO….not an independent panel boys and girls…..think much higher up the food chain than that or rather the people you send those IRS Form 990s to each year.
Here is BCS PR hack Bill Hancock answering a question from The Oklahoman on the Fiesta Bowl fine:
Question: On why the BCS has no plans to hire an independent firm to investigate the other BCS bowls:
Bill Hancock: “We have no reason to suspect anything of the other bowls.
“Let me really be clear about this, there’s no indication, not any indication of similar improprieties at the other bowls.
“It’s unfair to paint innocent people with the same brush.”
Don’t worry Bill, EVERY DIME will be looked into, as will ALL that spending by the bowl games and Bogus BCS over the past 13 years…things like this:
“The PAC also criticized the bowls for what it called overly generous perks, citing $750,000 in travel expenses for the Orange Bowl in 2009 and the Sugar Bowl’s $200,000 in “gifts and bonuses” in 2008; and “frivolous” use of funds.
In an e-mail Wednesday, Orange Bowl spokesman Larry Wahl said, “We run one of the nation’s premier college football games in a forthright and honorable manner that is compliant with IRS rules and regulations.””
OK, Orange Bowl spokesman Larry Wahl. Oh, isn’t that almost word-for-word what the Fiesta Bowl said last September about the way they ran their bowl game? Seems so, but the Orange Bowl has nothing to fear and that $750,000 in travel expenses for the Orange Bowl makes perfect sense…that is if you don’t give a Damn about student-athletes and intercollegiate athletics who should be getting EVERY DIME of that $750K that the Orange Bowl spent on flying their people around the country.
Oh, you are a college president or AD and you think it is OK for the Orange Bowl to spend $750K on travel expense? If so, then you are a SORRY EXCUSE FOR A College Administrator, but then ALL of this spending is coming out and no doubt there will be plenty of people singing about what has gone on inside these bowl games for years because they will not want to go to federal prison….in our opinion that is. Yes, there will be a special place in Hell reserved for “academic types” that have support this Bogus BCS and have sold out intercollegiate athletics all so they can have their precious asses entertained at 5-star resorts with money THEIR OWN SCHOOLS is providing…to “Non-Profit” organizations! Oh, the Madness!
Yes, this is going to be great fun and Very Un-American and Bogus BCS is going to be destroyed by the very Fools that have cost intercollegiate athletics Billions of Dollars and make rulings like this Fiesta Bowl fine which is nothing more than these Idiots FINING THEMSELVES.
Hey, these folks running college football are starting to make the W. Bush Administration people even look smart and believe us that is not an easy thing to do! (Iraq Oil Ministry: “More Oil Would Depress Oil Prices So Iraq Will Not Meet Its Oil Production Targets” – What the Hell? – So, America Wages A War Against Iraq, Overthrows Saddam Hussein At A Great Price Of Money and Treasure to the American People and Iraq Is Now Slowing Down Its Oil Production TO KEEP OIL PRICES UP? – What the Hell?)
One of the few mainline newspapers to actually do real reporting on the bowl games in recent years has been the San Diego Union-Tribune and two very interesting stories that should be mandatory reading for anyone that cares about student-athletes in intercollegiate athletics are:
Bowl game nonprofits face financial scrutiny
Costly kick in the teeth to bowl teams
Yes, those are great reading and as this investigation moves forward…and it is going forward and the actions of EVERYONE that has had their hands in the BCS money pot are going to be put under oath about what they got, what they did and how they acted and college football fans and the American People will find out EVERYTHING about the Bogus BCS bowl games and the college football postseason.
In our conversation on Tuesday with our college administrator friend we discussed a number of important issues facing college football and intercollegiate athletics and one of the things we almost always ask about are the real views of ADs, conference commissioners and others around the game on the BCS and college football postseason and one of our central questions to our friend has always been:
“What is the real motivation for some ADs, presidents and head coaches to support the BCS and the current college football postseason?”
Below is a summary of those conversations when asking the above question over the last year or so and some things that were said to us on Tuesday:
College Administrator Friend: “Well, that is a very complicated question to answer, but if I had to pinpoint one thing that keeps the current system alive it would be fear.”
College Administrator Friend: “Yes, fear of the unknown primarily, but also fear of change, fear of the new standards that would be set for head coaches and ADs that would come with a postseason playoff in college football, which is really a fear that one could lose one’s job if new standards were not met on a yearly or ongoing basis.”
CHS: “You mean that in college basketball now the success standard is a head basketball coach making the NCAA Tournament and that a postseason tournament in college football would be the new standard for success in football?”
College Administrator Friend: “Well, not quite, because only 16 to 20 teams would ever play in a college football postseason tournament, but a postseason tournament in college football would change the current mediocre standard that success is defined by making it to a bowl game. Look at Washington last season. They beat three losing teams to finish the season (UCLA, Cal and Washington State) and a team in the bowl game (Nebraska) that could have cared less about playing in that game and their head coach gets a raise and contract extension. That’s crazy, but then the standard of success in college football is now so low, making it to a bowl game, that winning 6 games is now seen by some as really doing something.”
CHS: “If you go 6 – 6 in the real world, which is mediocre at best, then you are out of job.”
College Administrator Friend: “Exactly and when college coaches and ADs can claim success by getting to a bowl game then some of them are scared to death that someone might come in and reset what success is and that could threaten their jobs eventually.”
CHS: “One of things we have heard Larry David (co-creator of Seinfeld and creator of Curb Your Enthusiasm) say several times over the years is that when someone goes from just getting by to making lots of money and having a comfortable life the thing they fear most is losing that new life and having to scratch to make a living again which then causes someone to take fewer chances in life.”
College Administrator Friend: “I would agree with that completely and now college coaches and ADs are being paid so much money and their families have become accustomed to living lives that are far beyond the lives that most Americans live that they do fear something that could put their jobs and lives at risk.”
CHS: “Yes, we have seen that in our own lives and it is something to really be on the guard against, because once someone quits taking risks then real progress stops. Hey, even with all the games that Bob Stoops has won at Oklahoma over the past 6 years (62 games) the Bob Stoops of 2011 is not the same Bob Stoops of say 2000. Bob is much easily satisfied now that he has won so many games and conference titles and it almost seems that he is not as challenged by the job as he used to be. A few of us had lunch with an older couple from Oklahoma in Scottsdale that we had met at the hotel right before the Fiesta Bowl and the husband said to us something like: “Bob Stoops is no longer Bobby Stoops and that difference is worth 1 or 2 losses a year. He is just not as hungry as he used to be and Hell, I can’t blame him, because he has done so much.” We couldn’t agree more and not only is satisfaction with what one has done in life a bad sign in college football it also is become more common in American life.”
College Administrator Friend: “I wouldn’t know about Bob Stoops but I do know that there are a lot of people that have a lot they could lose if the current college football bowl system is changed and I am not talking just about the people running the bowl games. If you get most ADs into a room alone they will tell you that a postseason tournament in college football will make a lot more money for college athletics, but they would also be thinking when they told you that they hoped their team could go to a bowl game with 6 wins because they are scared that the standard for success will be revised upward. The same goes for coaches in all sports and all college coaches except in college football have to deal with the pressure of getting to the NCAA postseason tournament and at some schools not making the tournament is a big problem.”
CHS: “That idea of being satisfied with mediocrity is the kind of thinking that brought down the Roman Empire.”
College Administrator Friend: “Well, there are very few ADs that really value integrity and winning championships and place an equal emphasis on both with their coaches and that is the reason that a truly great college coach in any sport is a very hard thing to find.”
CHS: “So where is all of this going…with the BCS that is.”
College Administrator Friend: “Well, most people know that a playoff in college football is coming if only because the amount of money that a playoff would generate and how much that increased money could have a very positive impact on college athletic departments. Another “Fiesta Bowl” type revelation or the US Government looking into the current college football postseason and changes could be made very quickly and that is why that the people that make a lot of money off of the current system are desperate to change the debate from the Fiesta Bowl and thus why they are moving so quickly and why they don’t want outsiders of any kind looking into the other bowl games.”
CHS: “Well, all of that is coming.”
College Administrator Friend: “I wouldn’t know about that…but college football deserves a true champion and I am confident there will be a playoff and when it finally happens it will be a big net positive for intercollegiate athletics in ways far beyond the increased money. A postseason playoff in college football will put the game on the same level as the NFL and will not only drive up interest in college football but in college itself and if there is anything that could change America for the better is more of our young people attending college and graduating with a college degree.
CHS: “Well, that will be a Great Day in America.”
College Administrator Friend: Laughing…..”So I understand!”
The Postseason Tournament in College Football is coming and the Bogus BCS will be tossed away and will not be missed for one nanosecond…except of course by those people that make a fortune running the bowl games on the backs of OUR student-athletes.
Yes, it takes Truly Stupid People or Very Greedy People to support the Bogus BCS and luckily the Truly Stupid and Very Greedy People are going to be forced into doing something that they know is right for the game….but will diminish their own personal role and power…and that will be a Great Day in America!
Yes, the Candy Asses and Greedy Bastards will be defeated and will be run out of the game of college football BECAUSE in America…Americans settle Championships on the Field of Play with a Postseason Tournament to determine the TRUE CHAMPION. If you disagree with that then you cannot possibly be AN AMERICAN because no Real American would support the Bogus and Un-American and Bogus BCS.