Cincinnati Bengals-Houston Texans Playoff Preview—Taxpayers Have Already Lost
Two of my home town teams–The Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans–are in the NFL playoffs against each other this weekend. The game is in Houston on Saturday, January 7 at 3:30 PM CST.
(Above–Program From Providence–Green Bay game on October 25, 1931. Green Bay won this game 48-20. Mention of the Green Bay Packers allows to me link to a post from last year about how Packer coaching icon Vince Lombardi was a Democrat. )
In my 44 years, I’ve lived in Providence, R.I., Cincinnati and Houston.
Both the Bengals and Texans have benefited in recent years from public money for new stadiums.
I’ve voted no every chance I’ve gotten against public money for sports stadiums.
Despite the massive public subsidy and sneaking into the playoffs this year with 9-7 record, the Bengals are best known for losing and losing year after year. The last time Cincinnati won a playoff game was 1990.
Before the opening kick off, taxpayers in both Cincinnati and Houston have already lost. Taxpayers will also keep on losing after the game is over.
My enmity for the Bengals is eternal, as I was a resident of Cincinnati and a Cincinnati City Council staffer when the Bengals were scamming the money.
My boss at the time, a current Hamilton County, Ohio Municipal Judge named Tyrone Yates, voted no as a Cincinnati Councilmember on enabling the Bengals stadium deal.
Here is a 2004 Houston Chronicle article about publicly financed stadium deals in Houston.
This weekend I’ll root for my 3rd hometown team. The Providence Steam Rollers won the NFL title in 1928 and never–as I am aware–demanded public money.
The Providence Steam Rollers played in the NFL between 1925 and 1931. Here are facts about the team from the excellent Pro Football Reference.com.
The Steam Rollers ask for nothing but that we keep them in our memories. Keeping the Steam Rollers in our memories is something which involves no corporate welfare at all.
Field of Schemes is a good blog about the business of building sports stadiums.