A Quick One, While You Were Away.
The 2018 Super Bowl is history but that doesn’t mean life is on hiatus for the league. In the while you were not looking department because you were fixated with Belichick, Brady, the Patriots Way and the Eagles, the business of sports politics continued. Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown, who is 82 years old, is not moving his franchise and lawmakers from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC seem to be colluding to make sure none of the three jurisdictions will get into a bidding war for the right to build Daniel Snyder’s Washington NFL franchise a new stadium. If you check the leases Brown and Snyder have signed, Brown is stuck in Cincinnati until the end of the 2026 season. Snyder is in Landover, Maryland until 2027. So there is no rush to replace the 1990s era football stadiums, yet the stadium game which is always in play in sports has started with the Bengals and Snyder’s team on the clock.
“I played a role in bringing it here. I played a role in keeping it here. I don’t know if there’s much more I can do,” said Brown. “I would hazard to guess the Bengals will be here when I’m not.” Brown won’t say what the next person who drives the Bengals franchise will do. Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune sounded a relocation alarm in November when he said “Cincinnati, Hamilton County and the Brown family have to work together to make sure the city does not have an empty 65,000 seat football stadium.” In Maryland, Snyder is not leaving the Washington, D. C. market. But he seems to want a new stadium by 2028. A liberal Maryland politician, a Virginia conservative and a District independent don’t want to subsidize Snyder’s team’s needs. The politicians are looking to stop a bidding war to fund Snyder’s business.