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Brewer names Fiesta Bowl panel

Gov. Jan Brewer is hoping that a panel with some of the biggest names in Arizona sports can help restore the Fiesta Bowl’s battered image.

Brewer on Thursday announced the members of the advisory panel, which she said would offer assistance and counsel to the Fiesta Bowl as it tries to recover from a report alleging that the marquee college football game illegally reimbursed employees for campaign contributions and lavished elected officials with tickets and trips.

Some of the panelists are icons of Arizona’s sports scene, including former Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo; Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill; Suns owner Robert Sarver; Diamondbacks Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick; and Don Meyers, one of the Fiesta Bowl’s founders.

Other members included former Secretary of State Betsey Bayless, Arizona Commerce Authority CEO Don Cardon, Arizona Board of Regents President Anne Mariucci, former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor, U.S. Airways executive C.A. Howlett, and Arizona Office of Tourism Director Sherry Henry.

In a press release, Brewer said the panel would help restore the Fiesta Bowl’s reputation and “maintain its role as an Arizona showcase.” Thursday’s meeting of the panel, she said, was the first step.

“This panel includes founding members of the Fiesta Bowl, as well as the state’s leading policy figures from across the spectrum of business, athletics, tourism and public policy. Their common thread: a desire to see the Fiesta Bowl return to the core principles and values that made it an Arizona institution,” Brewer said. “I’m confident we can work together – on behalf of Fiesta Bowl fans and volunteers alike – to ensure the bowl emerges from this process a stronger and more accountable institution.”

Brewer invited the following people to take part in the panel:
• Betsey Bayless
• Michael Bidwill
• Jerry Colangelo
• Don Cardon
• Karl Eller
• Sherry Henry
• C.A. Howlett
• Ken Kendrick
• Jack Lengyel
• Anne Mariucci
• Ruth McGregor
• Don Meyers
• Robert Sarver
• Danny White
• Brad Wright

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