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New stadium deal gives Bengals the green light to host games in London

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For some NFL teams, a practical impediment exists to hosting games in London:  The stadium lease.

Some leases require all “home” games to be played in the home stadium, with no “home” games played elsewhere.  The Bengals’ lease at Paul Brown Stadium previously contained such a provision.  Now it doesn’t.

The Bengals announced a new agreement with Hamilton County that, among other things, “allows the Bengals to participate in the NFL’s International Series games.”

The team will contribute $6 million to stadium upgrades, and the venue will have new wireless Internet service, a high-definition scoreboard, a new weight room, new furniture in he Club Lounges, and an expanded locker room.  The Bengals also waived height restrictions aimed at ensuring views of the Ohio River and the Cincinnati skyline from the stadium.

The agreement flows from the county’s desire to upgrade a riverfront development known as “The Banks,” which could bring up to 2,000 General Electric jobs to the area.  It marks a shift in a hostile relationship between the team and Hamilton County executives.

“We wanted to demonstrate our interest in working together to ensure that The Banks is a viable location for this project,” Bengals president Mike Brown said in a release.  “We all know that the Cincinnati area is a great place to live and work.  Landing this project will let the nation know it as well.”

The release from the team refers to games being played abroad on a “periodic” basis, which implies that only seven regular-season games will be played in Cincinnati at least twice in the coming years.

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28 Responses to “New stadium deal gives Bengals the green light to host games in London”
  1. jkampel20 says: Apr 17, 2014 8:51 PM

    Great, home games can be played not at home!!!!

    So exciting for the residents of Cincy!!

  2. bassplucker says: Apr 17, 2014 8:54 PM

    What’s with Goodell’s maniacal obsession with building an NFL presence in London? Does he have a mistress there or something?

  3. ariani1985 says: Apr 17, 2014 8:59 PM

    Prince Williams> Roger g.

  4. realnflmaster says: Apr 17, 2014 9:01 PM

    They can’t even sell out a playoff game, so why would anyone be opposed to a game in London?

  5. kwjsb says: Apr 17, 2014 9:06 PM

    Cincinnati was 25th in attendance with a play-off team, letting them play home games away tells you what about this cities love for the team

    Steelers were 30th …. Fair weather fans

    Baltimore 12th ….. Super Bowl contender only 12th?

    Cleveland led the AFCN at 11th …… Now those are fans.

  6. luz56 says: Apr 17, 2014 9:08 PM

    Why London?? It’s all about corporate and TV revenues… Fans don’t matter in today’s NFL.. Ticket prices continue to rise and fans at the games drop..

  7. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Apr 17, 2014 9:13 PM

    Or The Shoe

  8. ytownjoe says: Apr 17, 2014 9:16 PM

    What do Bengal fans get in this deal?

  9. tucobenedictopacificojuanmariaramirez says: Apr 17, 2014 9:17 PM

    If the NFL eventually awards a franchise to England, I hope the team is the Werewolves. Werewolves of London. R.I.P. Warren Zevon.

  10. selldannysell says: Apr 17, 2014 9:18 PM

    Because people all over London are falling over themselves to see the Bengals!

  11. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Apr 17, 2014 9:23 PM

    The IGFL

    International Greedy Football League

  12. colv says: Apr 17, 2014 9:24 PM

    So who wins in this situation??? As a fan I’d be very unhappy about home games out of country in this case. Really as a Cinncy fan are you happy? As I read this thing twice, now three times I’m still confused. Whose getting a win here, the team the county because the fans won’t. As a season ticket owner I’d be upset that they are making me pay for two meaningless preseason games and now taking a prime home game away.

  13. tucobenedictopacificojuanmariaramirez says: Apr 17, 2014 9:35 PM

    If the NFL eventually awards a franchise to England, I hope the team is the Werewolves. Werewolves of London. R.I.P. Warren Zevon. Aaahhhhooooooo…

  14. stew48 says: Apr 17, 2014 9:37 PM

    The Bengals owed this to all the citizens of Hamilton County. Nice to see Mike pay off.

  15. scw37 says: Apr 17, 2014 9:48 PM

    Goodell only cares about making the league more money not the quality of the game!

    That’s why he wants a longer season, more weekday games, more playoff teams and more games in london. Fans and players hate it but owners love cashing in.

  16. vottorific says: Apr 17, 2014 10:18 PM

    WOW! As a lifelong resident to the area, just WOW! Didn’t see that one coming!

  17. smartanis says: Apr 17, 2014 10:21 PM

    #BengalsToLondon

  18. howiefeltersnatch says: Apr 17, 2014 10:23 PM

    This is exactly what Mark Cuban was talking about a few weeks ago. Screw you Bengals fans, the blokes across the pond couldn’t care less about our sport other than it being something to break up the monotony of a lazy Sunday.

    This is A Big Deal. I’m wondering why it never made it to the top of the front page. Oh wait…

  19. justsomerandomguy24 says: Apr 17, 2014 10:36 PM

    I find it hilarious how mad people get about a few NFL games in Europe. Who cares?

  20. ctiggs says: Apr 17, 2014 10:45 PM

    I live here the downtown is starting to thrive again, this is actually really good news.

  21. laxer37 says: Apr 17, 2014 10:54 PM

    By moving Bengals games out of Cincinnati they won’t have to file for a black out extension every single week.

  22. elfman1964 says: Apr 17, 2014 11:45 PM

    That will give them 1 sellout a year

  23. knew8411 says: Apr 17, 2014 11:48 PM

    Right now….the NFL is still a new toy to those who live in London. Once the newness wears off the attendance will drop and Goodell will regret this persuit.

  24. natijim235 says: Apr 18, 2014 12:05 AM

    so much for a seat license paid by season ticket holders for the right to purchase season tickets at PBS….now looks like they pay they’re way to London and buy a seat at Wembly stadium for a home game

  25. bullseye5490 says: Apr 18, 2014 3:58 AM

    The London Bengals. Did I do that right?

  26. pabrownsfan says: Apr 18, 2014 9:06 AM

    Screw London games but hey for 2,000 jobs go for it.

  27. colv says: Apr 18, 2014 9:18 AM

    Great to be a Cinncy fan. Ownership, Brown, sells out the fans for very little. Who wins here? As a fan I would never want to have home games moved across the ocean or up in Canada. This certainly hurts the fans.

  28. voyager6 says: Apr 18, 2014 6:06 PM

    Bet ticket prices increase an additional 14 percent the years that they play in London.

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