How a canceled concert cost taxpayers $1.2 million
November 3rd, 2017
The city-state agency that manages the White Sox ball park is out more than $1.2 million and has suspended its chief executive after canceling a concert it planned to host at the stadium.
The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority spent about $1.6 million “toward retaining talent” for a concert expected to draw 30,000 people to Guaranteed Rate Field on Sept. 16, according to top ISFA officials and agency records.
But the stadium authority called off the “Get In It Musicfest,” and officials say they’ve only been able to recover $350,000 of what they spent to try to put on the show.
Manny Sanchez, ISFA’s board chairman, told me the agency has hired a law firm to investigate what happened after the agency partnered with an East Coast company to promote the concert.
The company, Mike Daddy Unlimited, promised — but failed — to sign Sean “Diddy” Combs to perform at the concert here, according to officials at ISFA.
“We don’t think the co-promoters lived up to their end of the bargain,” Sanchez said.
Get the details on how this music deal fell apart in my exclusive story in the Chicago Sun-Times.