Bengals-Stadium Lease

Bengals, NFL try again to stop lawsuit over stadium lease

The Cincinnati Bengals and the National Football League are trying again to stop a lawsuit challenging the team's lease for Paul Brown Stadium. Lawyers for the Bengals and the NFL asked a federal appeals court yesterday to dismiss Hamilton County's lawsuit challenging the Bengals' lease for the county-owned stadium. The Bengals and the NFL claim that a federal court didn't have jurisdiction over the lawsuit because it was originally filed by a taxpayer who had no standing to pursue the case.

The appeals court has not ruled. Hamilton County's lawyer -- Stanley Chesley -- says the appeal amounts to a "Hail Mary" pass. The county says the Bengals and NFL used their monopoly power to obtain the publicly financed stadium and a lease that was unfair to the county and its taxpayers.