Most NFL franchise owners focus their efforts on putting a quality product on the football field in order to ensure that season ticket holders continually renew their seats. Mike Brown does not. WDR finds this article in Sunday's edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer extremely disturbing. The article is definitely worth a full read and clearly solidifies that Mike Brown is only in it for the money.
In summary, the article explains that 127 of Bengals' club seat season ticket holders have filed a lawsuit against the ball club claiming that the Bengals forced them to buy season tickets for 10 years just before the innaugural season of Paul Brown Stadium. The dispute is over the wording in the seat license agreement. Rather than allowing season ticket holders of the best and most expensive seats in Paul Brown Stadium to cancel their tickets, Mike Brown has attempted to force them to renew their season tickets for 10 years. In some cases, this will end up costing season ticket holders $80,000. This is the type of story that makes us stop and really think if we should continue cheering for this football team. WDR has already highlighted the sweetheart stadium deal that Mike Brown swindled out of the city of Cincinnati. But apparently that wasn't enough. After the deal was finalized, it appears that nebulous language was dropped into the most expensive season ticket holders' agreements in order to ensure that these seats were filled for the first 10 years in Paul Brown Stadium. These two mechanisms combined with Mike Brown's other cost cutting measures such as not having an indoor practice facility, having the league's smallest scouting department and not having a general manager reinforce that winning is not important. The almighty buck is.
To make matters worse, the Bengals have sought numerous continuances of the appeal most likely in an effort to delay any outcome beyond the 2009 season when the plaintiffs would have already fulfilled their "10 year" obligations under the license agreement.