Here are some indicators your franchise has issues:
- A leading sports periodical ranks you dead last of all professional sports teams
- Your franchise player would rather pay $50 million to play with his kids than play for your team in his prime
- THE UNITED STATES LARGEST DAILY CIRCULATING NEWSPAPER FEATURES YOUR TAXPAYER DESTROYING STADIUM DEAL ON ITS FRONT PAGE
We'll focus on the last of those points for now. While notable for its prominence, it's not like this is the first credible journalistic source to focus on the Bengals' stadium deal. Entire books have already been written on publicly financed stadiums and have also singled out the Bengals deal as the worst. The article cites some additional studies I had not seen, and again, all pretty much agree the Bengals deal is as bad as it gets for taxpayers.
It's easy to see why. The lead negotiator representing the county, Bob Bedinghaus, went to work for the Bengals after he was de-throned from his political seat largely based on backlash from the stadium deal. Guess there were no hard feeling left over from those intense negotiations. Even by todays' embarrassing ethical standards for politicians (actually, there are no standards), that was an appalling move. We've written about this ad nauseum already, so there's nothing much to add.
Only the Who Dey Perspective, a sad little propanda article on bengals.com that specializes in spinning the abominable track record of the Bengals management, tries to defend the deal anymore. That the Bengals felt the need to create a public outlet to justify their own ineptitude only serves to confirm it. I don't know who Jack Brennan is, but I certainly hope they paid him quite well to ruin his name by associating it with this organization.