Secaucus mayor asking NFL for $25,000 for breached contract with Super Bowl halftime show

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Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli is seeking a reimbursement from the National Football League for $25,000 after the production company in charge of the Super Bowl halftime show backed out of an agreement to lease space at the high school.

According to Linh Tat of the Bergen Record, Gonnelli sent a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell Friday seeking $20,000 for the Secaucus school district and $5,000 for the fire department, which had been staffed for game day. The city said the New York/New Jersey host committee had agreed to pay $10,000 to use a parking lot. However, the plan was altered a week before the game.

Gonnelli says a member of the host committee had agreed via email to a plan to use two parking lots and bus service to get halftime show workers and volunteers to MetLife Stadium on game day. Nine days afterward the production company — Touchdown Entertainment — sent an email saying they had found another option.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Bergen Record he was not aware of the letter from Gonnelli, and that it was Touchdown Entertainment that had the agreement with the city of Secaucus and not the league.

Gonnelli said if they didn’t get a response from the league they would file a complaint for breach of contract.