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SBD/Issue 57/Facilities & Venues
Philadelphia Corruption Probe May Include Linc Concessions
Published December 4, 2003
|Concessions At The Linc
Could Be Examined In Probe
Six of the 11 concession leases reserved for minorities at Lincoln Financial Field are run by people with ties to Philadelphia Mayor John Street and/or attorney Ronald White, who is "at the center of a federal corruption investigation," according to city records and stadium officials cited by Tanfani, Fazlollah & Gelbart of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. Eagles execs said that political influence "played no role in their choice of their minority food vendors," adding that they "received no pressure or suggestions about whom to hire from White or anyone in Street's administration." Eagles President Joe Banner "I don't even know who our food vendors are." Lincoln Financial Field concessionaire Sportservice GM John Nuttall added, "The Eagles never asked that we do special business for anybody. Nobody. Ever." Tanfani, Fazlollah & Gelbart note there is "no sign that the stadium leases are involved in the continuing federal investigation into possible corruption in city-related contracts." However, the FBI "has subpoenaed records from White's law office and from the concession managers at" Philadelphia Int'l Airport (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 12/4).