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Section 8 Fans To Sue Fire
Southtown Star, November 26th, 2008 12:45PM



The Chicago Fire's umbrella fan body Section 8 Chicago is to file suit against the club next week after the two sides failed to resolve a dispute over income from ticket sales and a lost giant banner, reports Nick Firchau.

"Unfortunately, it's entirely possible to love the team on the field and still be at odds with their front office," Section 8 Chicago chairman Ben Burton said. "This is the last thing we want to do, but they didn't want to deal with it. So now, this is our only course of action."

The disputed sum of $25,000 comes from two different debts -- an estimated $15,000 from a longstanding agreement between the club and the organization for ticket sales, and $10,000 for a giant banner allegedly either lost or stolen while being stored at Toyota Park earlier this year.

"Section 8 is a valuable entity for the Fire and Toyota Park, and we want to resolve this and avoid any acrimony with their organization," said Fire President Dave Greeley. Former Fire President Peter Wilt, who still attends the team's games, said both sides would benefit from improved communication. "Transparency solves so much," said Wilt. "Unfortunately, on the Fire's side, a lack of transparency naturally leads to suspicion."



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