As part of The Outsiders portion of Bengals 50 project, Paul Dehner Jr. sits down with former Hamilton County Commissioner and current Bengals Director of Business Development Bob Bedinghaus to re-visit how the messy evolution of building Paul Brown Stadium and Great American Ball Park evolved, what he views as misperceptions of the deal, why he staked his political career on the issue, his one regret, and, of course, the popular replay holograms.
Here are a few samples:
Bedinghaus on the primary misconception of how it went down:
"One misperception is that the Bengals weren't going to leave town. I am firmly convinced the Bengals were going to leave town. And as we've watched over the decades several teams have left town ... Had it not been Baltimore there would have been other opportunities for this team to leave."
On inevitably becoming the face of the oft-maligned stadium deal and sales tax:
"That's fine. And I was perfectly comfortable with that. Becuase once I made the d