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Newspaper names Bengals stadium deal as one of worst ever

The Wall Street Journal is calling Hamilton County's stadium deal with the Bengals one of the worst ever.

WSJ analyzed 23 National Football League stadiums built or renovated between 1992 and 2010. According to their analysis, "the Bengals pact was unusually lopsided in favor of the team and risky for taxpayers—the result of strained negotiations between a local government and the professional sports team it was anxious to keep."

[Read the full Wall Street Journal article here.]

Meanwhile, Hamilton County commissioners unanimously voted Wednesday to put a hold on voting on upgrading the stadium's instant replay system, which has been in place since 2000.

The county is expected to spend more than $300,000 to change the replay system from analog to digital.

The contract between the Bengals and the county includes mandatory upgrades.

"It feels like our hands are tied and it's very frustrating as I'm digging more into it," said commissioner Chris Monzel.

Xavier professor Gene Beaupre is reminding the county that there were two sides at the negotiating table and it's unfair to blame just the Bengals.

"In one hand we could say it's really the voters fault because they voted on this on the other hand you could say it's the commissioners fault," said Beaupre.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the county said the stadium cost $454 million. The team's estimate was $350 million. Both are over the $280 million budget.

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