Cincinnati Bengals New Lease Gives International Options


Jan 5, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; General view of Paul Brown Stadium and downtown Cincinnati skyline during the opening kickoff the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game between the San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals and Hamilton County have announced a new lease for Paul Brown Stadium on Friday. The Kicker, the Cincinnati Bengals have the potential to host 2 international games over the five year period, according to writer Kevin Patra.

The good thing about the deal is that it expands the Cincinnati Bengals brand to a broader audience in the international market. It also takes the threats of a Blackout out of the equation giving making it available without worry to the Cincinnati market.

The bad thing, it takes a home game away from the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium, which means revenue generated to the city and county from taxes and local businesses, who benefit from game business, could be hurt. It is an important part of the lease since the team is only paying out approximately $6 million for multiple improvements to Paul Brown Stadium.

The new lease gives Paul Brown Stadium some much needed player and fan improvements. The lease gives the stadium a new scoreboard, a larger weight room for the players, stadium equipped with Wi-Fi, and new furniture for two club lounges that are used year round.

The improvements are expected to give fans a better experience and players more resources to prepare for games. The Cincinnati Bengals and County Commissioners of Hamilton County have ensured the team and fans will have the resources, now it is up to the team to put the talent on the field.