Former Fiesta Bowl top executive to plead guilty

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Fiesta Bowl’s former top executive has reached a plea deal with Arizona prosecutors to settle allegations connected to a political donations scandal.

The lawyer for John Junker says his client plans to plead guilty Tuesday afternoon in Phoenix to a single felony count in state court related to his role in soliciting political contributions from Fiesta Bowl employees. The bowl later reimbursed employees about $48,000 over a nine-year period.

The state felony carries a presumptive 2 1/2-year sentence that’s also eligible for probation.

The Fiesta Bowl hosts college football’s national championship game every four years. The scandal nearly jeopardized the Fiesta’s role as one of the four top-tier bowl groups.