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NFL Franchise Notes: Bengals' Mike Brown Has Work To Do

In Cincinnati, Paul Daugherty wrote Bengals President Mike Brown is an  “interesting, pleasant guy,” but he “has made a mess of his football team, in every way but financially.” Daugherty: “Now, it’s worse than ever.” Brown held a press conference last Tuesday to announce signing coach Marvin Lewis to a two-year contract extension, and Daugherty wrote, “What could have been a 30-minute infomercial for a brand new day was instead a dirge to same ol’, same ol’. … Is there another city in the country where any pro sports team is viewed with such absolute dislike as the Bengals are here?” Daugherty continued, “Time to change. Time to expand the scouting staff. Time to engage the community in something beyond enforcing your legal entitlements. Time to show your generous and engaging side” (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/8).

COMING BACK WITH A ROAR: Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton and Touchdown Jacksonville Chair Carl Cannon in a special to the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION wrote, “We would like to thank the community for the incredible support of our NFL team the Jacksonville Jaguars, this past season. … We want to recognize and give a special thanks to Team Teal Commissioner Tony Boselli for his tireless efforts to inspire and motivate.” Peyton & Cannon: “During a season where the NFL experienced the most blackouts of any season across the country, Jacksonville fans stepped up and supported their team, filling the stadium for every game and exceeding every other NFL team in new season ticket sales” (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 1/9).

HOLDING STEADY: Lions officials Friday announced that “ticket prices for the 2011 season will not increase.” The Lions “reduced the price on approximately 19,000 season tickets before this season,” and the team said that it will “continue that pricing through the 2011 season.” The Lions' “last ticket increase came” before the ’08 season, when they finished 0-16. The team in ’10 “led the NFL in attendance percentage increase,” up 13.9% at Ford Field compared to ’09 (DETROIT NEWS, 1/8). 

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