Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals are a step closer to getting that new scoreboard. Hamilton County is reviewing bids to replace the scoreboard and control room.

County finance specialist Erica Riehl expects the total will be about $10 million based on bids the county received.

The county is required to pay for the upgrade, however, under a bargain struck last year, the Bengals are chipping in $2.5 million.

The contract will likely be awarded by the end of the year.

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Your chances of being able to watch live Cincinnati Bengals' games on TV just got better.

The Cincinnati Bengals say they are opting in to the NFL's relaxed blackout rule. That rule allows teams to have TV blackouts lifted when 85 percent of non-premium tickets are sold.

  Ben Utecht earned a Super Bowl ring with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006; later he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals and received a serious concussion during training camp in 2009. It took eight months to recover and he began having serious memory problems and behavioral problems. He walked away from the game, making music his full-time job. Today he is a musician, actor, author, public speaker, and an advocate for brain health.

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Hamilton County and the Bengals have a reached a deal that could pave the way for luring General Electric to the Banks.

The county announced Thursday the Bengals have agreed to waive height restrictions that would've halted a office space large enough to house General Electric's new Southwest Ohio Global Operations headquarters and a planned apartment building in exchange for six items.

Commissioner Greg Hartmann says the deal will allow the county and city to aggressively bid for GE.

Michael Keating

Hamilton County Commissioners could take the first steps Wednesday toward balancing the stadium fund for the next five years.

The plan is much the same as last year, but involves a different bank and a three-year deal. Essentially the board would take out an insurance policy with PNC Bank to cover the bulk of the debt and fund what's left from county reserves.

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The NFL is suspending Cincinnati Bengal DeQuin Evans for the first eight games of the season. The league says Evans violated its policy on performance enhancing substances.

Bengals Preview

Aug 7, 2013

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Camera crews are in Cincinnati to shoot the Cincinnati Bengals training camp for the HBO series Hard Knocks.  They'll be putting in a lot of time and effort as they record the daily routines of the players and coaches for the sports-based reality show.

Bengals Bowling Bash for Most Valuable Kids

May 24, 2013

The Most Valuable Kids program provides inner-city and high risk kids the opportunity to attend sporting events, concerts, plays and more by receiving contributions of tickets that would otherwise go unused. To help fund their efforts, they will host their Bengals Bowling Bash on June 8 at Princeton Bowl. Learn more about MVK and this event from Sherri Friedman when she's in The Front Row with Betsy Ross.

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UPDATE:  Bengals lose to the  Texans 19-13.  Houston is 3-0 against Cincinnati going back to the 2011 regular season.    

The Bengals predict the outcome is going to be different this time as the team heads back to Houston this weekend for a playoff re-match.

Right before the team had it's final practice spirits were up Thursday in the Bengals locker room. Cornerback Leon Hall says it's exciting to go to the playoffs two years in a row.

As the Bengals head to Houston to face the Texans in a Wild Card playoff game Saturday, they'll be looking for more success than they've had the past few years when they lost both their opening round games. 

Chick Ludwig is the host of the Monday Morning Quarterback Show on Fox Sports 1360.  He likes the Bengals chances of moving ahead this year, even though they're playing the same team that ousted them last year.

Josh Brown, signed to replace injured Bengals kicker Mike Nugent, kicked a 43-yard field goal with four seconds left to give Cincinnati a hard fought 13-10 victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

The win puts the Bengals at 9-6 and secures them a postseason spot for the second straight season.  The Steelers had their playoff hopes dashed.

The Bengals wrap up the regular season next Sunday when they host the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium.

Michael Keating

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune is recommending a quarter cent sales tax increase to stabilize the stadium fund. His plan would also preserve the full property tax rebate promised to voters in the mid-90's.

The board is dealing with a $7 million gap. The proposal would increase the sales tax from 6.5% to 6.75%. Here's how Hamilton County's sales tax rate compares with Ohio's other 87 counties.

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Fourteen NFL teams have gone digital with their playbooks, including the Bengals. The advantages for coaches and players are convenience, ease of revision and better preparation.

Back-up Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski doesn't miss the three-ring binder with hundreds of pages of scouting information and plays. It has been replaced by team issued iPads.

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