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Monday, May 4, 2020

Moving?

The rumors are out there, and words, once spoken, lead lives of their own.

There is speculation the people who own the Cincinnati Bengals think they can get a better deal somewhere else and are open to moving the franchise.  Potential sites include San Diego, St. Louis, Toronto, and London.

I understand why the Chargers left San Diego.  The stadium left a lot to be desired.  However, I never understood why government couldn't come up with a deal for a new stadium.  Yes, I know there are more important projects than sports stadiums.  On the other hand, San Diego was just about guaranteed of getting a Super Bowl once every five years-- an event that showcases the city and pumps millions in to the local economy.  On top of that, when you lose a team, you lose part of your identity.

St. Louis makes some sense.  I felt sorry for the fans there, who really got hosed when the Rams moved back to Los Angeles.   I'm lukewarm on Toronto.  It's too close to Buffalo, but it's a city that loves football.

There will be a team in London eventually, even though it makes no logistical sense.

The bottom line on this one-- don't give away the store, but there has to be a way to keep everyone in Cincinnati happy.