There are few things that Hamilton County voters can agree on, uniformly, but I am hoping we can all unite in telling Mike Brown "No new scoreboard for you!" Yes, the County must help maintain Paul Brown Stadium, but only what needs to be replaced. The scoreboard works just fine. If Mike Brown wants luxury, he can pay for it himself. If he doesn't like that deal, then he can pack his bags and move the team.
I am serious. If any Tea Party person is serious about what they say, they should be the FIRST group to support the County playing hard and fast with Mike Brown. We don't need professional football. We do need public services. Brown has become a parasite. He must pay his own way, and he has the ability to do so and still make himself plenty of money.
A unified front is the only way the public can succeed. We need every County official on the same page. We don't need Joe Deters out there shooting his mouth off about contracts, in hopes of currying favor with Brown. One voice must speak and tell Mike Brown what he is going to get. That voice must not waver, must not cave into the fear of losing the team. Instead, that voice should publicly announce what it will pay for and then pay nothing more and "if Brown doesn't like the deal, he can move the team."
A way many people can show their personal displeasure is for current season ticket holders to give them up and buy Reds season tickets instead. Show Mike Brown how sports teams can work well with the County and get support from the public. Let us use the power of the purse to force Brown to either comply or just move. I think local bars would do better sales with 65,000 more fans going to their neighborhood bar on Sundays to watch better football on TV, anyway.
Stop buying Bengals jerseys and hats and anything that will make Brown any profit. Show him that the Customer is what matters. Tell him to shove it. If he wants your business, he can beg.