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Another showdown brewing over EverBank Stadium management
Another showdown brewing over EverBank Stadium management

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The City Council wants to enter the game and have a say on the company selected to manage EverBank Field, the home of the Jaguars, and other city entertainment venues.

The new wrinkle follows a week of finger pointing and a flurry of letters between Mayor Alvin Brown and the Jag's owner Shad Khan.

It all started a week ago when the city's General Counsel's office told the team it was in default on its contract. The letter was sent after the team told the city it wanted to keep SMG as stadium management.

Brown after receiving a strongly worded letter from Khan offered an apology saying it was a misunderstanding.

The city council before the week of finger pointing approved an emergency ordinance which would give the council a say in reviewing and approving any new contract.

Councilman Ray Holt who sponsored the legislation says the council should have oversight on a contract of this size.

"We (council) felt wanted to be part of any decision," said Holt who is awaiting to hear what Brown will do.

A spokesperson for the mayor says Brown does not need to take any action on the legislation.

The General Counsel's office in an advisory opinion requested by Brown states the city council is trying to enter process too late in the game.

Two companies, SMG and Global Spectrum, have submitted bids to management city venues.  The specifics of their bids will not become public record until June 16.


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