Predictably, the Bengals responded to the recent WSJ article highlighting the burden their stadium deal via their whiny little Who Dey Perspective blog. Their major point boils down to "the WSJ used sloppy math and conflated the costs of two stadiums instead of isolating just PBS". Perhaps they're right, but that's beside this point on the whole issue. Here is what matters:
- The Bengals are not at fault for asking for as much as they could when they tried to get a stadium deal. First and foremost, this is the fault of the county and its citizens for not playing hardball when we had the chance.
- ANYONE who looks at stadium deals in a serious manner comes to the conclusion that the PBS deal was among, if not the most, lopsided deal for all publicly funded stadiums. This book dedicates a whole chapter to it. They focus on the Reds stadium too. They still come to same conclusion. I talked to them about it. They said: "The Bengals deal remains the single most lopsided stadium deal since 1993." No amount of whiny Who Dey Perspective posts changes that fact.
- Though you cannot fault the Bengals for simply grabbing all they could, it is also implies they viewed the county, its citizens and taxpayers as suckers to be looted for maximum personal gain.
- Given that Bob Bedinghaus went to work for the Bengals, it actually throws into question the whole premise that the negotiations were fairly conducted in the first place. It's among the grossest cases of revolving door public to private sector shenanigans I can think of in my lifetime. Even if it had no impact on negotiations, it's embarrassing behavior by both Bedinghaus and the Bengals, and speaks to their sense of ethics and their respect for fans and the community.
- The owners of the Bengals are not here to work in partnership with their fans and local community...they are here to exploit it for personal gain.
- Go read what Doc said in his blog but it comes down to this: the Bengals could serve a wonderful public function by helping to give our community an identity and common cause to rally around, instead they simply take our largesse and shit on us.
So Bengals, seriously, shut the fuck up trying to defend your stadium deal. You got a good deal, whether it was negotiated in good faith or not. It's tone deaf and misses the point that you continue to accept fan and taxpayer money without even bothering to a)seem grateful or b)make the changes needed to win.