The World Games has outstanding invoices totaling $15,656,173 owed to more than 100 companies or individuals, according to a list obtained by AL.com. Fifty-seven of the businesses are identified on the list as either local to the Birmingham area or diverse (minority or women-owned).
World Games CEO Nick Sellers would not comment on the list, other than to confirm the difference between the amount of unpaid bills and the previously reported $14.1 million debt for the event. 11 days, which represents cash and accounts receivable.
“The Birmingham Organizing Committee (BOC) cannot confirm the list of vendors with unpaid invoices,” Sellers said. “While we want to be transparent, it’s just not fair to our suppliers who haven’t asked to be in the spotlight.
“But we can confirm that every vendor that has partnered with us has helped our city and state deliver a world-class event.”
Two international companies are at the top of the list of suppliers due. The ISB host broadcaster owes $1,182,000. Swiss Timing owes $1,155,000
Here are the companies held for more than $300,000:
Van Wagner (sports production, including medal ceremonies): $938,680
Miller Media (sports production/presentation, LED walls, signage): $878,000
Revel XP (bleachers, tents, staging 🙂 $852,000
Sheraton (room for game officials): $776,000
Thompson CAT (tractors, generators, electricity): $676,610
UAB Sodexo (athlete meals): $607,000
USA Climbing (walls, expedition) $372,500
BJCC (rental, labour): $350,862
TGI (signage, decor): $315,000
Additionally, 53 companies involved in the production of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies are listed together as owing a total of $1,722,000.
Media buys on various platforms amount to $500,000 owed
Wages due amount to $320,000
Nineteen companies owe between $100,000 and $300,000 (13 are listed as local or diversified).
60 businesses/individuals owe less than $100,000 (36 are listed as local or diverse).
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On Monday, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin delivered a letter to members of city council asking them to approve a “final funding request” for $5 million.
“I respectfully request that this matter be presented to the full council for consideration on Tuesday, August 23,” the mayor wrote. “If you agree, I will ask the management of the Birmingham Organizing Committee (BOC) to be present for this meeting.”
Wardine Alexander, Chairman of the Board: “The World Games have been a success for the city and the region. We have been able to introduce Birmingham and the surrounding cities to over 100 countries around the world and welcome thousands of people to Birmingham. Council continues to work with the Mayor to review and respond to the request before us; particularly with regard to the needs of our local suppliers. »
The sellers previously said the BOC ‘has assured Mayor Woodfin and the City Council that any additional funds it disburses will go directly to paying Birmingham area sellers as part of our plan to meet all bills unpaid”.
The BOC has made the same commitment to the Jefferson Commission, “as well as meeting our remaining bills to our international partners,” Sellers confirmed earlier. “It’s critical to ongoing economic development efforts.”
Earlier, Alexander said: “We hope that all of our partners who have helped make the World Games possible will join us in ensuring that all responsibilities are met.”