Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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.

About this blog
William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
 Follow William on Twitter

David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
 Follow David on Twitter

PhillyClout Team