A fellow Comrade-in-Arms pointed me to a book named "Public Dollars, Private Stadiums" that investigated all the issues surrounding the flurry of publicly funded stadiums built in the 90's (and into this decade albeit at a much reduced rate).
I recently emailed one of the author's, Rick Eckstein, and I wanted to post a quick excerpt of the exchange:
Rick Eckstein: "The Bengals deal remains the single most lopsided stadium deal since 1993, at least as far as know...I had no idea that Bedinghaus was now working for the Bengals. if that doesn't beat all. Sounds a lot like the revolving door between the Pentagon and military contractors!"
It makes me mad. Especially because, at the end of the day, we as a community dropped the ball here and let the Bengals' walk all over us (I won't fault the Brown Family for trying to get everything they could out of the County but I like to think if I were in that position I would still recognize and be grateful for the fact that I was being supported by the taxpayers).
I will revisit this more later. Specifically, post Christmas once I get my hands on this book. I highly recommend it for all, you can purchase a copy here or if you have Kindle (in which case I am jealous), here. Rick said that they dedicate an entire chapter to the Cincinnati deal and that it was their "model city" for the book. Definitely check it out. Rick - you are an honorary Comrade-in-Arms.