Complaint filed against Fiesta Bowl

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A group critical of the BCS is challenging the legality of a contract that calls for the Fiesta Bowl to receive more than $8 million over 20 years from the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The contract also calls for the bowl to require teams and their affiliated groups to stay at specific hotels in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.

Playoff PAC calls this a "kickback," and has filed a complaint with the Connecticut attorney general's office asking for an investigation. Connecticut lost to Oklahoma 48-20 in this year's Fiesta Bowl.

Bowl officials say the accusations are off base, and that the contract is not only legal but advantageous to the schools.

The contract calls for the bureau to pay the bowl $8.2 million in cash and $300,000 in in-kind services over 20 years.