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Santa Clara threatens to take over management of 49ers’ stadium

The San Francisco 49ers have been in the news for all the wrong reasons this year and their 1-6 record has made it even worse.

On Saturday the bad news continued for them.

Earlier today the mayor of Santa Clara, Lisa Gillmore, threatened the 49ers about a possible takeover of the management to Levi’s Stadium, their home field, if the team did not comply with the current contract they have with the city.

“If they don’t cure the breach, we are going to take steps to take back management of the stadium,” Gillmore said.

The breach of contract that Gillmore is talking about was detailed in an audit that was presented to the City Council on Thursday evening. The audit says that the 49ers have failed to present budget documents that are mandated in the stadium contract.

Although the city of Santa Clara does not make money from 49er games, they do get a cut when concerts and other events are hosted at the stadium. According to Gillmore, the 49ers aren’t giving the city its fair share.

“We have to stop the bleeding of the General Fund money into the stadium,” she said. “It’s against the law.”

The 49ers did release a statement in regards to Gillmore’s announcement and they claim that the requested documents will be presented to the auditor on Monday. If they aren’t though, the mayor seems prepared to take over the stadium, which would mean big changes for the 49ers.

“If they are not managing the stadium properly, we will get someone who will,” Gillmore emphatically promised.

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