JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Navy-Marine Corps Classic was supposed to raise money for military affairs but instead of scoring big, the event left Jacksonville in the red.
"750,000 in loses," said Matt Schellenberg, Jacksonville Council Member, District 6.
Schellenberg says the biggest mistake event organizers made was not being transparent from the start.
"I think the citizens are entitled to a timely explanation of what went wrong and why it didn't work out so it doesn't happen again," said Schellenberg.
Although Alan Verlander, Jacksonville's Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment, was tasked with putting on the event, Schellenberg says it's the mayor's administration who is ultimately responsible.
"Alan Verlander is a wonderful person and he's new, but what happens is, he can't really do anything without actually getting permission and getting somebody else to sign off on it," said Schellenberg.
We tried reaching Mayor Brown, but spokesperson David DeCamp told us he was unavailable.
City council member Richard Clark hopes this won't discourage the city from giving it another shot.
"I hope we do it again and I hope we try again. Sometimes that's what you have to do. You break a few eggs to make an omelet," said councilman Richard Clark.
Schellenberg hopes the city has learned its lesson.
"Keep the people informed of what's going on making sure that your revenue sort of matches your expenses before you go on with the plan," said Schellenberg.
According to Schellenberg, because the fund is nearly drained, if the city wants to put on another sporting event it will have to use taxpayer money. If that doesn't work, the city will have to move around the current budget.