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Morning Stripes: Bengals want scoreboard

OK, so the Cincinnati Bengals already have scoreboards inside Paul Brown Stadium. They work well occasionally.

But compared to the rest of the NFL's stadiums, they are small and outdated.

Well, the Bengals are in luck. The $10 million scoreboard project they recently petitioned Hamilton County (Ohio) Administrator Christian Sigman for likely will be approved for construction in time for the 2014 season. Who's on the hook for paying for it? Whether they like it or not, it's Hamilton County taxpayers.

All of this is the result of hard work by the Cincinnati Enquirer's investigative reporting team. According to the stadium's lease agreement, the newspaper reported late Wednesday night, if 14 NFL stadiums receive new technology -- including scoreboards -- over the length of the lease, then Paul Brown Stadium must receive similar upgrades.

According to the paper's research, that standard has been met in the past few seasons. The Enquirer reported that 21 teams, with three more scheduled for later this year, already have high-definition scoreboards in their stadiums.

Next fall, a new scoreboard will be put to good use, too, as the University of Cincinnati plays its home games inside Paul Brown Stadium while its home Nippert Stadium undergoes an $85 million renovation of its own.

Naturally, with news this big, we kick off Thursday's Morning Stripes with it:

  • If you want to read a little more about the Bengals' petition to the county, of which Cincinnati is the seat, then go to the Enquirer's website. The petition, which was dated Sept. 20, also appears there. The Enquirer reported that taxpayers may not be paying the full $10 million. The team has "offered to play a significant role in the project," Stuart Dornette, the team's lawyer, told the Enquirer.

  • Remember the hit Bengals safety George Iloka gave to Packers tight end Jermichael Finley two games ago that gave Finley a concussion? Well, Finley practiced Wednesday for the first time since the incident and told reporters in Green Bay that he had no hard feelings about the hit. In fact, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, he "thought it was a great hit." The NFL ended up fining Iloka $15,000 for what it considered a hit to a defenseless player. Iloka appealed the fine. Finley said he thought the ground might have caused the concussion and that Iloka's arm only tagged his neck.

  • On the Patriots' Wednesday injury report, 18 players were listed as either completely missing practice, or being held in limited capacity during the walk-through. New England is coming off a 30-23 road win over Atlanta. The game finished just before midnight Sunday. You can see the full list on the Dayton Daily News' Bengals blog.

  • With a big loss now behind them, the Bengals are focused on getting a bounce-back win this weekend, as Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson writes. They've had impromptu player-only huddles and caucuses and have realized they have to rededicate themselves to certain principles in order to let the rest of the NFL know they should be taken seriously this year. The Bengals have been resilient before, and they hope a win this week will show they still can be.