Santa Clara Votes To End 49ers' Management Of Levi's Stadium
The Santa Clara City Council has "unanimously decided to end an agreement" allowing the 49ers to operate Levi’s Stadium for home games and other NFL events, according to Thy Vo of the San Jose MERCURY NEWS. The council’s action does "not immediately affect the 49ers oversight of the stadium because the city and team are locked in litigation." The 49ers sued the city in September to "block it from trying to strip the team of its authority to manage non-football events at Levi’s and is awaiting a judge’s ruling." City Attorney Brian Doyle said that the city recently "received additional information showing fraud, misappropriation and willful misconduct by the 49ers, which gave it grounds to terminate the contract." In a court declaration on Monday, Doyle accused 49ers President Al Guido of "conflicts of interest in approving a sponsorship agreement" for the Redbox Bowl that is played there. Doyle’s declaration said that the team has "not shared full financial documentation for a number of contracts in which it did not pay prevailing wages." With the council's vote, the city will now be "seeking to kill the whole agreement and strip the 49ers of all management and operation responsibilities for Levi’s Stadium, including its own football games." The city eventually "wants to hire a third party to manage the stadium" (San Jose MERCURY NEWS, 2/13).