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Joe Banner Tells WIP: "I Know I Had A Deal."

Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner took to the airwaves this morning to defend his team in a public relations battle with the city. The city this week filed motions in the Court of Common Pleas, denying claims from the Eagles that then-Mayor Street signed off on a secret deal to settle a financial dispute. The city included a sworn statement from Street, saying there was no deal.

Joe Banner Tells WIP: "I Know I Had A Deal."

Joe Banner of the Eagles
Joe Banner of the Eagles Associated Press

Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner took to the airwaves this morning to defend his team in a public relations battle with the city.  The city this week filed motions in the Court of Common Pleas, denying claims from the Eagles that then-Mayor Street signed off on a secret deal to settle a financial dispute.  The city included a sworn statement from Street, saying there was no deal.

On 610WIP Sportsradio this morning, Banner was asked if Street was lying.  "I’d like to say he’s mistaken as opposed to being that provocative," Banner said. "I know I had a deal."

Banner didn't seem too sympathetic when it was noted that the city is in a serious financial hole while the Eagles seem to be doing quite nicely.  "Listen, they’re not broke," Banner said of the city. "They’re spending billions of dollars. They’re just spending more than they have. Anybody can make that mistake. The city has a massive, massive budget."

To refresh, The Eagles want a judge to force the city to live up to terms the team claims Street OKed in a secret deal years ago to settle a dispute for less than $1 million.  The city said the Eagles owed $8 million in skybox revenue from the old Veteran's Stadium.  The Eagles said the city owed $8 million for a canceled pre-season game at that stadium due to field conditions.

You can listen to Banner's appearance, which is on the station's web site in two parts, here and here.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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