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Bengals will stay home for training camp

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For the first time in their 45-year history, the Bengals will be staying in Cincinnati for training camp.

The team announced Friday that they will hold training camp at Paul Brown Stadium. They spent the last 15 years at Georgetown College in Kentucky, but their release cited fan access not available during the regular seaosn and special events as part of the rationale for remaining at home this summer. Coach Marvin Lewis explained another reason why it made sense to stay put.

“We going to be right in our home, and that’s where you’re best suited with the way the (NFL) rules have changed,” Lewis said in a statement. “We also hope to see some fans who maybe haven’t had a chance to see us at camp before, and we’re excited to join all the great activities that are happening in the summertime in our downtown.”

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement provides teams fewer opportunities to practice on field, which makes video and other classroom work available at team headquarters a bigger part of summer work. More than half the teams in the league plan to stay at home for training camp and it wouldn’t be surprising to see more teams opting to pass on going away to camp.

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  1. jimbobobjr says: Jan 20, 2012 4:40 PM

    It must cost $$$ to use the university. Mike Brown strikes again!

  2. upyoursnfu says: Jan 20, 2012 4:42 PM

    The YMCA has better training equipment than the Bungles.

  3. talkintrashallday says: Jan 20, 2012 5:04 PM

    I hear they’re having training camp via twitter. social media is really taking over…

  4. mikeeg says: Jan 20, 2012 5:12 PM

    Bummer, i thought another bengal was arrested

  5. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jan 20, 2012 5:24 PM

    Good to see the Bengals are still in the minds of all the Bengal haters! It’s too funny.

  6. waxthat says: Jan 20, 2012 5:35 PM

    Looking forward to seeing Dalton and Greens maturation into next year. I hope they can keep it up. That city, as well as Cleveland, deserves some winning ways.

    Respectfully,

    Niners fan

  7. chocolatebaconbutter says: Jan 20, 2012 5:38 PM

    You know what’s scary? Mike Brown might get Executive of the Year. They hit home runs on Green in the first and Dalton in the 2nd, plus they fleeced the Raiders in the Palmer deal. He’s gotta be a lock for this award.

    I can’t shake my head any harder to reflect the disbelief I have for this and what I just wrote.

  8. t8ertot says: Jan 20, 2012 5:44 PM

    Maybe he’ll hire a GM next…let’s not get ahead of ourselves

    WHO DEY!!!

  9. bengalsneedagm says: Jan 20, 2012 5:44 PM

    Really smart, erode the teams fan base in KY to save a few dimes. Mike Brown, GM of the year, shows why he’s one of a kind.

  10. txxxchief says: Jan 20, 2012 5:46 PM

    I heard the NFLPA wanted to eliminate practices altogether. Their idea was for the players to just sit around the locker room and play Madden against one another to prepare for games.

  11. t8ertot says: Jan 20, 2012 5:58 PM

    “Really smart, erode the teams fan base in KY to save a few dimes. Mike Brown, GM of the year, shows why he’s one of a kind”

    While embracing Cincinnati, which he needs to do. Besides the only good thing that comes out of Kentucky is bourbon and Phillies. Unless you like to kiss your sister.

  12. natibengalgirl says: Jan 20, 2012 6:04 PM

    Can’t wait to go! Who dey baby!

  13. thefiesty1 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:06 PM

    That’s because Mike Brown is too cheap to pay for training camp?

  14. voyager6 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:43 PM

    upyoursnfu says:Jan 20, 2012 4:42 PM

    The YMCA has better training equipment than the Bungles.
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    I am sure you know from plenty of experience at the YMCA.

  15. voyager6 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:58 PM

    If you recall, the Bengals started out having Training Camp at Wilmington College, so training camp has not always belonged to KY.

    Georgetown gave the Bengals a sweet deal. Use of their fields and dorm rooms for free and 100 percent of concessions. Georgetown only got to charge for parking and TV rentals to the players (as shown on Hard Knocks). Attendance was free.

    The problem (besides the CBA) with Georgetown is that Rawlings field is too small for the annual scrimmage and mock games. In the past, they drew maximum capacity nearly every year.

    PBS means the players can go home each night (not necessarily a good thing) and 100 percent of everything will go to the Bengals. IF the CBA allows a scrimmage game, it will likely be a seat charge as well as parking and concessions. The radio was talking of other new fan options.

    It makes financial sense. The Bengals and Georgetown have been year to year for the last few years, so this is no surprise to anyone following the team.

  16. vincentbojackson says: Jan 20, 2012 10:28 PM

    Can’t get fans to come to Paul Brown Stadium to watch regular season games, why would they come there to watch practice?

  17. beelicker says: Jan 20, 2012 10:53 PM

    Also means an on-site practice bubble is likely on the horizon. The numbers they’re likely to get for the intra-squad & mock game will exceed anything they made from the Georgetown deal, which was basically free use of the facility.

    I’m really going to miss going there myself (living 15 miles away, I’d often see half or more of sessions) but you could see this coming for the last couple of years. Training camp had been whittled down to only about 2 1/2 weeks now, plus they were already finishing off the last preseason week or 1/2 at PBS already.

    Old school Brown is hating this … but like the article points out, it will make the team better since 2-a-days (the reason to keep your team in complex) are pretty much a thing of the past.

    If even he’s doing it now we might see another 8-10 also follow suit this year.

  18. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 20, 2012 11:03 PM

    “Bengals will stay home for training camp”

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    Is this like “house arrest”?

    Was this move “court ordered”?

  19. roamingabriel says: Jan 20, 2012 11:40 PM

    voyager6 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 6:58 PM
    If you recall, the Bengals started out having Training Camp at Wilmington College, so training camp has not always belonged to KY.

    Georgetown gave the Bengals a sweet deal. Use of their fields and dorm rooms for free and 100 percent of concessions. Georgetown only got to charge for parking and TV rentals to the players (as shown on Hard Knocks). Attendance was free.

    The problem (besides the CBA) with Georgetown is that Rawlings field is too small for the annual scrimmage and mock games. In the past, they drew maximum capacity nearly every year.

    PBS means the players can go home each night (not necessarily a good thing) and 100 percent of everything will go to the Bengals. IF the CBA allows a scrimmage game, it will likely be a seat charge as well as parking and concessions. The radio was talking of other new fan options.

    It makes financial sense. The Bengals and Georgetown have been year to year for the last few years, so this is no surprise to anyone following the team.
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    All three of you…

  20. bengaldom2 says: Jan 21, 2012 8:18 AM

    Ok. I am amazed at how stupid some are. The bengals payed $1,000,000 to the school for use of the field and dorms. The field was natural grass so when it rained they had to modify practice. The weightroom their was to small, the technology for meetings was subpar and the Bengals brought alot of extra equipment. Their fan base is in the tristate so we nolonger need to drive 1-2 hours to go to camp. When they held other open practices before they made parking free and consessions were reduced. This move is done because of the new rules for training camp. Many other teams have made the same move this year also.

  21. bluvayner says: Jan 21, 2012 8:22 AM

    I’m sure that the local police are happy. Making their quotas, over the summer, will be a breeze now.

  22. bcgreg says: Jan 21, 2012 9:19 AM

    They’ll be staying home for the playoffs next year too.

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