BENGALS BROWN SAYS TEAM MAY HAVE BEEN GONE IF VOTE FAILED
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).