The Cincinnati Bengals rumors page gives you up-to-date information about the Cincinnati Bengals a American Professional Football team based in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Bengals joined the American Football League (AFL).The Cincinnati Bengals joined the NFL in 1970 during the merger between the NFL and the AFL.
They are in the North "the Black and Blue Division" of the American Football Conference (AFC) of the NFL.
The Benglas play their homes games at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their headquarters and practice facilities is also located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bengals were founded in 1966 as a member of the American Football League (AFL) by former Cleveland Browns head coach Paul Brown. Brown was the Cincinnati Bengals rumors head coach from their inception until 1975.
Brown was dismissed as head coach by Art Modell (who had purchased majority interest in the team in 1961) in January 1963.
Being a founder and head coach of the Cleveland Browns from 1946 to 1962, Brown led his team to a .759 winning percentage and 7 championships, which includes four championships earned while a member of the All-America Football Conference, (AAFC).
Brown had shown interest in establishing another NFL franchise in Ohio and looked at both Cincinnati and Columbus.
He ultimately chose Cincinnati when a deal between the city, Hamilton County, and Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds were looking for a new stadium. A deal was struck that resulted in an agreement to build a multipurpose stadium which could host both baseball and football games.
Cincinnati was also selected because, like their neighbors the Reds, they could draw from several large neighboring cities (Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; Columbus, Dayton, and Springfield, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Indiana) that are all no more than 110 miles (180 km) away from downtown Cincinnati.
Under pressure from Congress, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle had promised that professional football would be maintained in each of the twenty-three markets where it then existed.
By 1966, Paul Brown wanted to become involved in professional football again. James A. Rhodes, then the governor of Ohio, convinced Brown that Ohio needed a second team. Cincinnati was the most logical choice in the state.
Brown initially sought a franchise in the National Football League but had been denied due to Cincinnati's largest football Stadium, was under the 50,000 capacity that the league required for prospective expansion teams.
With assistance from Ohio former governor James A. Rhodes, Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati agreed to build a single multi-purpose facility on the dilapidated riverfront section of the city. The new Riverfront Stadium had to be ready by the 1970 NFL season opener.
On May 24, 1967, Cincinnati was granted a franchise in the American Football League. The franchise was sold to a Cincinnati -based ownership group led by Paul Brown.
Due to the impending merger of the AFL and the NFL, which was scheduled to take effect during the 1970 season, Brown agreed to join the AFL as its tenth and final franchise. The Bengals, like the other former AFL teams, were assigned to the AFC following the merger.
The Cleveland Browns were moved to the AFL-based American Football Conference and placed in the AFC Central, the same division as the Bengals. A rivalry was borned and fueled initially by Paul Brown's rivalry with Art Modell.
Brown named the team the Bengals in order "to give it a link with past professional football Franchise in Cincinnati."
A different Cincinnati Bengals rumors team existed in the city and played in a former American Football League from 1937 to 1942.
Paul Brown chose the exact shade of orange used by his former team the Cleveland Browns.
He also chose black as the secondary color. Brown chose a very simple logo: the word "BENGALS" in black lettering.
Marvin Lewis, the current head coach has held the position since 2003 and is currently the 2nd longest tenured head coach in the NFL, behind the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick.
Mike Brown is the current owner of the Cincinnati Bengals and the son of the late Paul Brown. Mike is also the general manager and team president too.
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