-LTlabnerIf you can't build a winning team with that core a fire-sale isn't the solution. Selling the franchise, moving them to Nashville and converting GABP into a used car lot is.
As it is, the Reds might owe the Bengals for two stadiums. It was before my time, but I seem to recall hearing that Riverfront was built only because Paul Brown got an expansion franchise from the AFL/NFL, thus guaranteeing use of the stadium beyond baseball season. Supposedly, 1960s Cincinnatians weren't too keen on building a downtown stadium if the Reds were the only tenants.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.
I think Busch II lasted at least 10 years after they redid it. Almost 40 years if you want to count it from its inception. The Reds could have gone that route but they would have had to build a new stadium eventually so you figure the cost of refurbishing Cinergy on top of the cost of building a new stadium and it would have cost quite a bit more than if they just went the new stadium route. Plus I heard that Cinergy was starting to fall apart in the parking garage area and places like that.
I don't think DC was ever on anybody's list on where to move teams until Montreal was in trouble. Plus you can't move teams in baseball unless you get their say so and there isn't any way they would have let the 1st professional franchise leave Cincinnati. Marge was so full of crap on the stadium issue. She had no leverage cause she stalled the whole process trying to get a bigger, better deal. Even if she would have tried to sell to out of towners, MLB could have denied the sale. It isn't like the NFL where you can move your franchise at a whim.
You are correct about the Reds owing Riverfront to the Bengals. Before the Bengals came along the Reds were looking at different places for a new stadium including Blue Ash. I think they were eventually going to build a baseball only stadium where Riverfront/Cinergy was but the Bengals came along and Riverfront was born. Bill De Witt, Sr. was so against building a multipurpose facility that he sold out.