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BENGALS' BROWN GIVES CINCINNATI A YEAR-END DEADLINE
Published April 19, 1995
Bengals President & GM Mike Brown says local officials have until the end of the year to guarantee a new football stadium. Meanwhile, Brown says he will let Baltimore officials "woo" him during that time. Brown admitted he has met with MD officials about moving the Bengals, saying he needs to have "alternatives." Brown: "If one alternative is a bird-in-the-hand and the other is a promise to review the issue further, I don't know how long we can ride with that." In an interview in this morning's CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, Brown says he is "not convinced that local business and political leaders are serious about building a new stadium," even if some officials have said they will do whatever is necessary to keep the team. Brown added he is "confused" by mixed signals from city and business leaders and that he is "no longer certain" he would accept a plan to raze Riverfront Stadium and build a new stadium on that site while the team plays on the road for two years. The ENQUIRER also reports that Maryland Stadium Authority Chair John Moag met with Brown in Cincinnati in the past two weeks. A state-funded stadium near Camden Yards would generate as much as $25M/year for a team, while Riverfront Stadium "produces a fraction of that." Any team that moves to Baltimore would reportedly play rent-free, while in Cincinnati, the Bengals pay rent based on attendance and other factors. Moag says any team planning on moving to Baltimore must commit by the fall; he expects stadium funding to be channeled to public education in January if it is not used (Richard Green, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 4/19).