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CITY OFFICIALS PUSH FOR INCENTIVES FOR REDS AT RIVERFRONT

     City Councilmen Tom Luken and Todd Portune are asking for
more city incentives to keep the Reds at Riverfront Stadium.
Luken asked City Manager John Shirey to "make the same offer to
the Reds as that tendered to the Bengals," which included a
guarantee to give the Bengals $2M, plus improvements to the
team's practice field.  Luken: "The Reds are out in the cold,
irate and restless.  When the Bengals were out in the cold, irate
and restless, the city manager solved it.  We paid the Bengals
and bribed them to stay to save the franchise."  Portune
introduced a motion calling for the city to match payments to
improve the Bengals practice field for the Reds, and restructure
the luxury-box revenue cut for the Reds to be similar to that of
the Bengals (Allen Howard, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 11/1).
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