Monday, May 4, 2020
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.
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