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BENGALS BROWN SAYS TEAM MAY HAVE BEEN GONE IF VOTE FAILED
Published March 21, 1996
Bengals President Mike Brown admitted yesterday if the stadium vote failed in Cincinnati he "wouldn't have had any choice" and the team would have moved to Cleveland, according to today's Akron BEACON JOURNAL. Brown: "Our backs were to the wall with this thing, and I have a lot of roots in Cleveland." Brown still believes an established team will move into Cleveland by '99. Brown: "I would be very surprised if we [the NFL] expand to Cleveland. I know plenty of existing teams that would be happy and pleased to move there." Brown warned yesterday that Cincinnati stadium talks could "still fall apart," as new stadiums are contingent on a "significant financial contribution" from both teams. While Brown has offered $25-35M, Reds Owner Marge Schott has "pledged nothing so far" (Bart Hubbuch, Akron BEACON JOURNAL, 3/21)....Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls, on the vote: "We now have money for two new sports facilities. We have money to invest in what will be the renaissance of our community" ("Sports View," CNBC, 3/20).