Mike Brown: Laugh at his Past; Fear his Future

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Jul 26, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown addresses the media at the Bengals press conference at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE


Being a good owner of a sports team is not just having a winning team, but representing your city and having your fans excited about the team.  The Bengals owner has not achieved either of these; in fact it has been somewhat of an embarrassment in the attempt.

In 1991 Mike Brown took over the Cincinnati Bengals franchise for his late father, Paul Brown, who founded the team.  Since then, Mike Brown has been highly criticized for the way he runs his franchise, or should I say, his daddy’s franchise.  Last year ESPN The Magazine ranked all 122 sports franchises in American in the four major sports: NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL.  The teams were ranked by numerous categories such as; wins, players, affordability, and fan relations.  Mike Brown and the Cincinnati Bengals franchise brought up the rear ranking dead last at 122.

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