The city today filed legal paperwork formally denying that Mayor Street had ever made a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles to settle a $8 million debt to the city for less than $1 million.
In a filing in Common Pleas Court peppered with sports analogies, the city states that Street never cut such a deal and notes that the Eagles decided to makes this claim years into a lengthy legal process. "The Eagles would not petition, and no NFL Referee would allow the Eagles to redo a play or try a different play from one done unsuccessfully earlier in the game," the filing notes.
The filing includes a sworn affidavit from Street denying he ever approved such a deal.
The city has been battling with the Eagles over the $8 million debt for eight years. The city wanted $8 million for Eagles skybox revenue from the 2000 and 2001 seasons at Veterans Stadium. The Eagles refused to pay, blaming the city for $8 million in lost revenue after turf problems caused a 2001 pre-season game to be canceled. The city sued the Eagles in 2004.