Tax status of bowl games, including Fiesta Bowl, challenged

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Opponents of how college football crowns its champion say three of the nation's premier bowls are violating their tax-exempt status -- by paying excessive salaries and perks, providing "sweetheart loans" and doing undisclosed lobbying.

Playoff PAC plans to file a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday against the operators of the Fiesta, Sugar and Orange Bowls.

They are three of the five games that constitute the Bowl Championship Series. The others are the Rose Bowl and the BCS title game.

Playoff PAC is a political action committee that wants the bowls replaced with a championship playoff system.

The Sugar and Fiesta Bowls dismiss the report as a rehash of old complaints.

They say they comply with IRS rules.

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