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Bengals saddled taxpayers with raw deal

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07:58 AM ET 07.13 | The stadium boom years are threatening a bust in Cincinnati. [In] Hamilton County, where one in seven people lives beneath the poverty line and budget cuts have left gaps in the schools and sheriffs department, residents are bracing for more belt-tightening: rollback of a property-tax break promised as part of a 1996 plan to entice voters to pay for two new stadiums. The tax hit is just the latest in a string of unforeseen consequences from what has turned into one of the worst professional sports deals ever struck by a local government --soaking up unprecedented tax dollars and county resources while returning little economic benefit. ... The Bengals, who had threatened to relocate if they didn't secure a new home, drove negotiations.

The Wall Street Journal

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July 13, 2011  08:01 AM ET

This team should be contracted.

July 13, 2011  08:04 AM ET

Wow... what a raw deal, stuck with high taxes and the Bengals

July 13, 2011  08:06 AM ET

The Bengals have been giving their fans a raw deal for years, so why nont throw in the taxpayers as well?

July 13, 2011  08:06 AM ET

Wow what raw deal, stuck with high taxes and the Bengals

July 13, 2011  08:08 AM ET

this whole storey is a raw deal, some T&R Intern has to much time on his hands to be writing this stuff and not a real football story

July 13, 2011  08:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Wow... what a raw deal, stuck with high taxes and the Bengals

Your post made me spit out my coffee!! Thanks for the laugh

July 13, 2011  08:21 AM ET

All would probably be forgiven if the Bengals were capable of fielding a competitive team.



They are not...

July 13, 2011  08:22 AM ET

The raw deal is that the team is run by a bunch of incompetents.

July 13, 2011  08:24 AM ET

This just goes to show you that Americans would rather be entertained than focus on their own well being.

It makes me sick to think that a private organization could handcuff the public, most of which can't afford to go to the games, into paying for a new stadium. There needs to be a law that states any professional team that wants to build a new stadium has to do so with their own funds and leave the tax payers out of it.

July 13, 2011  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

All would probably be forgiven if the Bengals were capable of fielding a competitive team. They are not...

The only way this org becomes capable is getting ride of Mike Brown. And since he owns the team and is the GM I would say that its going to be a cold day in hell when that happens.

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July 13, 2011  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The only way this org becomes capable is getting ride of Mike Brown. And since he owns the team and is the GM I would say that its going to be a cold day in hell when that happens.

Yup... he is their albatross.

July 13, 2011  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The only way this org becomes capable is getting ride of Mike Brown. And since he owns the team and is the GM I would say that its going to be a cold day in hell when that happens.

sometimes that scenario works...sometimes not. I feel your pain on the owner/gm nonsense.

July 13, 2011  08:38 AM ET

This is why my suggestion that the NFL should be ordered by the court to take $1 billion a year off the top of their 9.5 billion and spend it on new stadiums and their upkeep. Every 32 years a team gets a new stadium, unless Minnesota's roof caves in.

July 13, 2011  08:39 AM ET

Nothing new here, and now Wilf wants to put it to the Minnesota tax payers, and all in the name of doing them a favor. You would think before you ever get one dime of public money that your " Business " would have to show you their books. Nah! that must be kept secret or the whole lie falls apart.

July 13, 2011  08:41 AM ET

Bengals saddled taxpayers with raw deal.... saddled and raw in the same sentence with the Bengals is just funny to me. Isn't this city used to this by now? I feel for you Bengals fans.

July 13, 2011  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

This is why my suggestion that the NFL should be ordered by the court to take $1 billion a year off the top of their 9.5 billion and spend it on new stadiums and their upkeep. Every 32 years a team gets a new stadium, unless Minnesota's roof caves in.

That is kind of like the plan, but that billion the owners want to come out of the money that was dedicated to player salaries. And there is the rub of it all as far as the NFLPA ( not that they exist anymore ) is concerned.

July 13, 2011  08:42 AM ET

Better them than us...oh wait a second.........

July 13, 2011  08:43 AM ET

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hey look, I'm a two year old!!!!!

 
July 13, 2011  08:48 AM ET

Where are the villagers with the torches and pitchforks now that we really need them?

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