Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has always been a polarizing figure in the Boston market, and this latest development certainly isn't going to be doing him any favors in terms of public sentiment.
According to a report from the Boston Globe, a group of teenagers has uncovered the fact that TD Garden arena has not held up it's end of the bargain, a bargain that included millions in public funds, when it comes to helping raising money for the local community.
So they reached a deal: As part of winning state approval for a new $160 million facility, home to the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins, the owner of the Garden would host three fund-raisers a year to benefit the agency that oversees the city’s recreational facilities.
And then the fund-raising deal was forgotten. It was not until this past spring, when a group of teenagers from Hyde Square — eager to find funding for a new hockey rink in their neighborhood — began researching the old agreement that anyone realized the truth: The Garden had not held even one of those promised fund-raisers
That's 24 years of broken promises, and while the Boston Bruins do not own TD Garden, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is in fact the CEO of the company that does own it, Delaware North.
The teens are now hoping that the money that should have been raised over the past 24-years could go towards the Jackson Square Recreation Center, a 21.5 million dollar project for a new 50,000-square-foot facility that would contain an ice rink.
It's not clear what the repercussions will be for Jeremy Jacobs and Delaware North, but it seems almost certain that they now have a longstanding debt to members of their communities.