HoosierCat Posted December 29, 2011 Report Share Posted December 29, 2011 So I come across this column by Ray Ratto over at CBS this morning, in which Ray joins in the general Mike Brown bashing and unleashes this howler:So the Cincinnati Bengals offered a buy-one-get-one-free ticket deal for their Sunday win-and-pray-or-bust showdown with Baltimore. And the debate rages on about:A) Who is responsible for this?B ) Who will pay for it?C) What happens if this continues?D) What lessons can be learned? ...B ) The taxpayers of Hamilton County will pay for it, since they have to buy the tickets that don't get sold as part of their deal with the Bengals when the stadium plan was devised. This is proof that citizens should never allow themselves to allow such a shameful hostage deal. If an NFL team cannot find money to do its own construction project, the owners deserve to perish, or be forced to sell. I mean, they're all essentially billionaires now anyway. Ummm...no. Brown will be paying for them, or at least he has to cut a check for about $22 per ticket to the league because the other owners still need to get their cut of those free ticket "sales."There was a clause in the lease that required the county to cover any shortfall in ticket sales up to 50,000 tickets -- so, for example, if the Bengals only sold 45,000 the county would have to buy the other 5,000 -- but that only covered the first 20 home games at PBS, which are long since past. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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