Stadium lease with Bengals could pose hurdle to Cincinnati casinos
A provision in the Cincinnati Bengals' lease with Hamilton County that bans gambling operations along the city's central riverfront could be a problem for the mayor and others who want to bring riverboat casinos to the city. Mayor Charlie Luken supports casino gambling to help revitalize the city's economy. But a lease agreement negotiated in 1998 prohibits gambling in the central riverfront area that includes Paul Brown Stadium. He is asking the Legislature to allow a statewide vote on casinos in Cincinnati and Cleveland to hold onto some of the money Ohioans spend at Indiana riverboat casinos.