While the city of Cincinnati and 127 season ticket holders have brought their complaints of the Cincinnati Bengals to the courts and fans have written letters to Mike Brown, to WDR's knowledge, no one has requested the assistance of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Today, WDR will change this by sending this letter addressed to Roger Goodell and copied to all 32 NFL owners (including Mike Brown) asking that the NFL intervene to force Mike Brown to make the necessary changes to field a competitve team. This request is being made for the sake of Bengals fans but also because Mike Brown has willfully and intentionally abused the revenue sharing provisions that were created to promote parity among NFL teams. Instead of investing this additional revenue in the Bengals, Mike Brown puts it in his pocket.
Letter Sent by WDR to NFL Commissioner and Owners
All 33 letters are being sent via overnight FedEx - enabling WDR to confirm that Mr. Goodell's office and every other NFL office received the letter in orderly fashion. WDR awaits the Commissioner's response.
We all know that Mike Brown has not given back to the fans/taxpayers who paid for the stadium. But the story does not end there. In addition, Mike Brown has been taking advantage of the NFL's revenue sharing system by avoiding costs at the expense of improving the team while still benefiting from the generous revenue sharing plan. Not only are Mike Brown's non-competitive ways unfair to Bengals fans and residents but it is also unfair to the NFL and the 31 other franchises striving to win championships and build league revenue.
Comrades, to drive our point home, your role for Project Mayhem Task #7 is to print out and send this letter to Mr. Goodell:
The letter is the same as the one we are sending but is designed to be sent by individual NFL fans to show the amount of people that share these concerns. Be sure to fill in the date, your name and your signature before printing and sending. We'll be sure to update the Bengals' record in the letter weekly for the last two games. Letters should be sent to the following address:
Commissioner Roger Goodell
National Football League
280 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Comrades should print and send only one letter but should also forward this link to as many Bengals fans, Cincinnati residents and/or NFL fans as possible. The more individual fans that send these, the more effective this task will be.
We are certainly aware of Mr. Goodell's comments earlier this week in response to a question regarding whether he might intervene in the operations of the Oakland Raiders. Goodell's response was "The Dolphins showed how fast you can turn a franchise around. The Atlanta Falcons have showed how fast you can turn a franchise around….[The Raiders have] been competitive for decades. I'm sure [Oakland Radiers' owner Al] Davis and the Raiders are going to turn that around." In case it isn't obvious, this is easily distinguishable from the Bengals situation. Unlike the Oakland Raiders, the Bengals have not indeed been competitive for decades and have been at the bottom for 18 years. While Al Davis has demonstrated a dedication to winning, Mr. Brown has shown no capability or motivation to build a winning organization. This behavior is entirely inconsistent with the NFL and WDR believes the NFL should intervene.
Comrades, the focus of our Revolution is to bring change. It is time to bring the Revolution to the commissioners office. Please send this letter to Roger Goodell and ask him to intervene.