Group claims three major bowls violated their tax-exempt status
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.