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Fiesta Bowl cancels Phoenix retreat

The Fiesta Bowl has pulled the plug on a three-day spring retreat called the Fiesta Frolic for college football coaches, athletic directors and conference commissioners as it faces questions about its finances and other activities.

The Arizona Republic reports this year’s program was scheduled May 4-6 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.

Fiesta Bowl spokesman Andy Bagnato told The Republic Thursday it was postponing the event until 2012 and the 330 people who had been invited were notified that day.

Bagnato says the bowl lost at least $132,000 hosting the event for about 220 people last year.

The cancellation comes as the bowl works to repair its image after a report detailed an internal investigation that found evidence of potentially illegal employee conduct and spending irregularities.

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