Greensboro Coliseum bought gun show using ‘event-related income’ before ending the show

Greensboro Coliseum bought gun show using ‘event-related income’ before ending the show

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) – The revenue from new youth sports events lured to the Greensboro Coliseum will provide the $400,000 the coliseum is paying to buy a gun show from a vendor. That was the response this week from coliseum officials on how that process took place in 2020 without Greensboro City Council having to authorize a contract and spend public money . Coliseum Managing Director Matthew Brown executed an agreement with Gun Show Inc of Stokesdale and its owner, Rodney Sorrel Sr., in which Sorrel turned over the rights to the show and its name in exchange for $400,000 — $80,000 a year through 2025. Greensboro Coliseum “The dates previously allocated to the Gun Show allowed the Coliseum Complex to solicit and book an increased number of multi-day state, regional and national youth sporting events,” coliseum spokesperson Andrew Brown wrote in an email to questions from WGHP. “Event-related income from the additional youth sporting events will fund the five annual payments for the Gun Show.” Those details came to light in documents shared last week by businessman Eric Robert, who is running for mayor in a four-person primary that includes Mayor Nancy Vaughan, City Council member Justin Outling and former judge Mark Cummings. The top two vote-getters will move on to a General Election on July 26. Robert last month had sued the city because he said it was moving too slowly in responding to his request for public documents about the end of gun shows. He has […]

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