Group claims three ma­jor bowls vi­o­lated their tax-ex­empt sta­tus

Los Angeles Times - - College Football -

Op­po­nents of how ma­jor-col­lege foot­ball crowns its cham­pion ac­cused three of the nation’s premier bowl games 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 play­off sys­tem, plans to file a com­plaint with the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice on Thurs­day 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.

A team of six lawyers and one ac­coun­tant, work­ing for no com­pen­sa­tion, re­viewed 2,300 pages of tax re­turns and pub­lic doc­u­ments as­so­ci­ated with the bowls, said Matthew

San­der­son, co­founder of Play­off PAC.

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