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NFL: A new name for the home of the Bengals, Paycor Stadium

Mitch Stacy, The Associated Press

CINCINNATI — The home of the Bengals will no longer bear the name of team founder Paul Brown, an NFL pioneer.

The rights to the stadium’s name were acquired by Paycor, which provides human resources software.

The company is based in Cincinnati, where the Bengals will play at Paycor Stadium.

Details of the deal were not disclosed.

Last month, owner Mike Brown said such a change was inevitable to allow the team to stay afloat in a small market.

In particular, we want to build an indoor training complex.

86-year-old Mike Brown is the son of Paul Brown.

In the NFL, there are only two stadiums left without a sponsor name: Lambeau Field and Soldier Field.

The Bengals played at Riverfront Stadium from 1970 to 1999, before moving to the current site.

First a high school coach in northeast Ohio, Paul Brown also coached Ohio State shortly before World War II.

He then coached the Cleveland Browns from 1946 to 1963.

Paul Brown was part of the Bengals’ ownership group when they debuted in the AFL in 1968 (he also served as their general manager and coach).

He retired in 1975, remaining as team president until his death in 1991.

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