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OHIO OFFICIALS WANT TO KEEP REDS AND BENGALS IN CINCINNATI

     As negotiations are underway to keep the Reds and Bengals in
Cincinnati, the biggest hurdle appears to be the leadership of
each team, according to Sandy Theis of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER.
Both teams are unhappy with Riverfront Stadium and its inability
to generate any significant revenue.  While Gov. George Voinovich
and state Senator Stanley Aronoff have already promised state
funding for a new facilities, they are still wondering how this
money will be supplemented.  Aronoff: "(Local officials) know the
options but haven't gotten over the hurdle of not offending one
of the two owners.  There has been a kind of inertia.  If
anything is done for the Bengals, the Reds get upset.  If
anything is done for the Reds, the Bengals get upset and
therefore, nothing gets done."  The Cincinnati Business Committee
(CBC) is working to help mobilize corporate support.  Lauding the
efforts of the CBC and Aronoff, Bengals' lobbyist Gordon Scherer
echoed the importance of the business community (CINCINNATI
ENQUIRER, 5/7).
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