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Published January 8, 1998
In his "most definitive comments to date about the Reds," Hamilton County, OH, Commissioner Bob Bedinghaus said that a future Reds ballpark "belongs on the riverfront," which Hobson & Michaud write "all but" ends the "river vs. Broadway Commons debate." Bedinghaus' comments "have made renovation [of Cinergy Field] the leading option." Bedinghaus: "If you've got the best location and we can create the new ballpark experience in the old one, that doesn't sound like a half-bad solution." Bedinghaus also said that a stadium site "would be announced" by March 31 -- Opening Day. Reds Managing CEO John Allen could not be reached for comment yesterday (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/8). BENGALS CLOSER? Bedinghaus said Tuesday that a stadium deal, including a land swap, for the Bengals could be done "by the end of the month" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/7). Cleveland Mayor Michael White, asked if the city would be interested in the Bengals if a deal in Cincy is not reached: "I believe that the long-term fallout and intrastate strife resulting from such a move is not worth the price of having the Bengals play in Cleveland. If our city accepted Cincinnati's team, the problems that would be created between our communities would far outweigh the benefits of the deal (Geoff Hobson, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/7).