Legal Briefs #32: Perhaps the Court Should Have Ordered the Team to Win

A Cincinnati-area politician has just lost a lawsuit in which he contended that the Cincinnati Bengals should pay $200 million because the football team has a lousy record.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune said the team received taxpayer support for a new stadium some years back, saying the funding was needed to make the team competitive.

The team has a lousy record, he argues, so the money should be forfeited.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Charles J. Kubicki threw the case out.

-“Judge Tosses Out Frivolous Suit,” Sports Business News, September 15, 2003, at

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