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Santa Clara officials vote to remove 49ers as managers of Levi’s Stadium [report]

© Kyle Terada | 2019 Jan 4

Santa Clara officials voted on Tuesday remove the 49ers as managers of Levi’s Stadium for both non-NFL events and home games for the football team, according to a report in the San Jose Spotlight.

Additionally, the city voted to disallow the 49ers to sign contracts or buy items for the stadium. The votes stem from officials beliefs that “the 49ers have not been transparent in its procurement procedures and the team did not pay the appropriate hourly rates — known as prevailing wages — to employees of contractors at the stadium, resulting in $85,000 in unpaid wages on a recent contract,” according to San Jose Spotlight.

“This is not about stripping and the ability for the 49ers or the management company to sign contracts,” City Manager Deanna Santana told councilmembers. “This is about compliance and accountability and transparency.”

The 49ers have responded by stating that the votes are a “petty” response to last week’s news that the Rolling Stones were unhappy with the “restrictive and dysfunctional” rules at Levi’s Stadium during their show on Aug. 18. A 49ers spokesperson has called the decision to remove the 49ers as managers a political vendetta.

The vote continues the friction between the city and the 49ers that has been consistent since the team’s move in 2014.

Read the full report here.


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