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San Francisco Won't Be Reimbursed for Hosting Super Bowl 50 Events: Report

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    A battle over who should pay for Super Bowl 50 events is brewing in San Francisco. Jean Elle reports. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016)

    A battle over who should pay for Super Bowl 50 events is brewing in San Francisco.

    A new report shows the NFL is covering city costs in Santa Clara, but not in San Francisco.

    "There is no deal," Supervisor Jane Kim said. "No one was fighting for San Francisco."

    Kim said someone at city hall dropped the ball. The report from the Budget and Legislative Analyst's Office said San Francisco has no deal with the National Football League or the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee to cover the cost of hosting a week of events.

    The events are expected to cost San Francisco more than $4 million for police and Muni services.

    The City of Santa Clara has a deal in place.

    "Santa Clara negotiated with the host committee to make sure it would be reimbursed and tax payers would not be on the hook for a party for some of the wealthiest people in the world, Kim said. "Here in San Francisco, we didn't do it."

    The San Francisco Mayor's Office said existing budgets will cover the costs.

     "We fully expect a financial win for San Francisco and the mayor is proud of the work the city did to win the bid to host this historic event and thanks the Super Bowl Host Committee for providing the free family friendly events," the mayor's office said in a statement.

    With more than a million people expected to attend Super Bowl events, the host committee said hotel and sales taxes are expected to generate millions of dollars for San Francisco's general fund.

    But some taxpayers said the NFL should pay for events.

    With kick-off to the NFL's biggest game just weeks away, Kim said there is still time on the clock.

    "Now I'm asking the Super Bowl committee that raised $50 million to provide some support to our city residents," Kim said.