Cards' schedule violates Fiesta contract

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals violated terms of their University of Phoenix contract by scheduling their final home game in the upcoming season one day before the Fiesta Bowl.

The Cardinals' and Fiesta Bowl's contracts with the operator of the Glendale stadium require 48 hours between the games. But in the schedule released last week, Arizona's final game is Jan. 3 at home against Green Bay. That's one day before the Jan. 4 Fiesta Bowl.

The Fiesta Bowl has sought written assurance that the problem won't be repeated. Now the two sides are in discussions about what to do regarding this season's conflict.

A Cardinals spokesman said meetings are planned with representatives of the Fiesta Bowl, Arizona Tourism and Sports Authority and the stadium's contracted operator Global Spectrum to see what can be done.

Options could include moving the Cardinals' game to Saturday or playing the NFL game Sunday with the Fiesta Bowl banners and other special bowl set-ups in place.