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City bureaucrats have been given more time to review agreements with the Winnipeg Football Club and Triple B Stadium Inc., including what it would take to end them.
Council's executive policy committee granted the extension Monday.
In July 2019, EPC ordered the review, which is to offer steps to "potentially remove" a city representative from those organizations’ boards and divest the city of its membership interest in Triple B.
Triple B, which owns IG Field, includes representatives from the Winnipeg Football Club, the city and the University of Manitoba.
The public service review was expected to explore the city’s financial arrangements with those organizations.
The report was expected in November 2019.
Mayor Brian Bowman, who spearheaded the review, blamed the delay on extended talks between the province, the football club and the city.
"My understanding is there’s ongoing dialogue right now with multiple parties, including the province of Manitoba… and so the public service has asked for that extension so that they can properly have dialogue with others," said Bowman.
When the mayor introduced the motion in 2019, he questioned the logic of having political appointments on the board of a professional sports team, in this case the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The review was meant to mitigate future financial risks to city taxpayers, including any costs to maintain the stadium, which opened in 2013 and cost $209 million.
The mayor said the financial impact of the stadium is complicated under the current arrangement.
In 2019, the province converted its $35.3-million loan guarantee for the football stadium into a direct loan to the owner, after writing off a separate $200.7-million loan for IG Field.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Joyanne loves to tell the stories of this city, especially when politics is involved. Joyanne became the city hall reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press in early 2020.
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