The Cincinnati Bengals appear to be close to moving away from central Kentucky.
In an interview with Bengals.com and the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals owner Mike Brown said the team is looking to move preseason training camp to Paul Brown Stadium next season and has reached an agreement with the University of Cincinnati to use their facilities on bad weather days.
Since 1997, the Cincinnati Bengals have come to Georgetown College for training camp, but word from the team president sounds like that tradition is likely coming to an end.
Brown admitted the new collective bargaining agreement that limits practices, and the possibility of an 18-game schedule, are the main reasons for the possible move.
For those in Georgetown who look forward to an influx of people when the Bengals are in town, like the owner of Fava's Restaurant on Main Street, the news is upsetting.
"I can remember when they first started coming, and the first couple of years weren't great. But as people heard about the camp being here, more people came from out of town, brought their kids, went out there and watched them practice and got autographs. The kids enjoyed it, so I think there's going to be a lot of people disappointed," says Jeni Gruchow.
Georgetown College officials tell NEWSFIRST they want to keep the Bengal's training camp at their facilities, and iterate that nothing is final just yet.
If the Bengals decide to stay in Cincinnati it will be the first time the team has held training camp at home in 43 years.