By Robert Haugh
Yesterday, the Stadium Authority (SA) met to review the preliminary findings of a stadium audit. It was done by J.S. Held. The firm was hired by the SA in 2018.
Hours before the meeting, 49ers CFO Scott Sabatino sent a letter to the SA suggesting that the firm be fired. We’re guessing that Sabatino didn’t like the preliminary findings. But shouldn’t Sabatino wait until next month when the team’s hand-picked council candidates get seated before he starts to tell the SA what to do?
This is deja vu. In 2017, when the respected Harvey Rose firm did a stadium audit that showed the 49ers owed $2 million and needed to clean up a lot of reporting, the team didn’t like it. They attacked the firm then, too.
This year’s J.S. Held report is pretty lengthy and I didn’t have time to review it in its entirety. I couldn’t watch the entire meeting yesterday because of other commitments. So I’ll write about the findings in the next couple of days.
Stay tuned. It should be at least as good as the Harvey Rose audit if Sabatino is attacking the auditor.