Orange Bowl CEO got hefty pay bump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The committee that runs the Orange Bowl bumped up its CEO’s pay by nearly $150,000 in 2009, boosting his compensation to more than $500,000, according to a recently filed tax return.

Orange Bowl spokesman Larry Wahl said in an email that the increase was mostly supplemental compensation given to CEO Eric Poms for “the added work and effort involved” in hosting two Bowl Championship Series games in 2009, including the national championship, in south Florida.

The Orange Bowl is one of four premier college football games that also hosts the BCS title game once every four seasons, along with the Sugar, Rose and Fiesta Bowls. The Fiesta Bowl fired CEO John Junker last week over extravagant and improper spending uncovered by an internal report.

via News from The Associated Press.

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