Philadelphia Eagles ordered to pay City $8 million

    A Philadelphia judge has ordered the Eagles to pay the City $8 million dollars. The ruling is a step toward resolving a continuing financial dispute between the City and the Eagles that flared up again as city leaders looked for ways to close a budget gap.

    A Philadelphia judge has ordered the Eagles to pay the City $8 million dollars. The ruling is a step toward resolving a continuing financial dispute between the City and the Eagles that flared up again as city leaders looked for ways to close a budget gap.

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    First came a lawsuit by the city seeking $8 million dollars from the Eagles for past-due rent on skyboxes. Then came a countersuit by the Eagles over faulty astroturf. Then came allegations of secret deals that would reduce the amount of money the football team would pay the city.

    Now both sides say they’re happy with the court’s decision.

    Eagles spokesperson Pamela Browner Crawley, says the team never disputed the fact that they owed the city money, only the amount.

    Crawley: We have very important civic, community and economic ties to  the city and the region and we look forward to that being the focus of our ongoing dialog.

    The next task for the judge is to decide how much money the City owes the Eagles for revenue losses due to a canceled pre-season game back in 2001.

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