Cardinals visit Bengals on Friday at renamed Paycor Stadium

Aug 9, 2022, 9:09 AM
The Cincinnati Bengals announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, that Paul Brown Stadium will be called Payc...

The Cincinnati Bengals announced Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, that Paul Brown Stadium will be called Paycor Stadium after the naming right were bought by the Cincinnati-based maker of human resources software. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

CINCINNATI (AP) — The home of the Cincinnati Bengals will no longer carry the name of team founder and NFL pioneer Paul Brown.

Paycor, a Cincinnati-based provider of human resources software, has bought the naming rights to the stadium in a deal announced Tuesday. The venue will be known as Paycor Stadium.

The team will debut the new name when hosting the Arizona Cardinals for Week 1 of preseason play on Friday, according to The Athletic’s Jay Morrison.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the development wasn’t a surprise. Team owner Mike Brown — the 86-year-old son of Paul Brown — told reporters last month that selling the naming rights was necessary for the Bengals to be able to compete as a small-market team.

“This is a move that I do think (Paul Brown) would have agreed to,” Mike Brown said. “He was always for what’s best for the football team. It’s a time now where we need a revenue stream that will help us as do such things as build the indoor (practice) facility. It’ll help us perhaps handle the cap a little bit easier. We’re a small-market team. We need the revenue streams that we can obtain.”

A Paycor spokesman, Jennifer Budres, said in an email that even though Paul Brown’s name will no longer be on the stadium, his “legacy is being honored in various ways throughout the stadium.”

Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, and Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, are now the two remaining NFL stadiums that don’t carry the name of a paid sponsor.

The Bengals’ stadium beside the Ohio River has been known as Paul Brown Stadium since it replaced Riverfront Stadium as the Bengals’ home in 2000.

Paul Brown was a legendary figure in Ohio and beyond. He coached at Massillon High School in northeastern Ohio and Ohio State briefly before World War II, then led the Cleveland Browns from 1946 to 1963.

Brown became part of the ownership group as a well as the general manager and coach of the expansion Bengals, initially an AFL team that began play in 1968. Brown retired in 1975 after 45 years of coaching but stayed on as team president until his death in 1991.

Life Changer Loans

Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals and head coach Kliff Kingsbury wait along the sidelines du...
Tyler Drake

Kliff Kingsbury on exchange with Kyler Murray: Both ‘want to get it right’

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury chalked up his heated exchange with Kyler Murray that was picked up by cameras on Sunday as a good thing.
10 hours ago
Philadelphia Eagles' Miles Sanders scores a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game...
Associated Press

Behind Enemy Lines: Miles Sanders quietly starring for undefeated Eagles

Take a look at all the players getting credit this season for the Eagles' start and it's easy to see why Miles Sanders was overlooked.
1 day ago
Ian Thomas #80 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by Isaiah Simmons #9 of the Arizona Cardinals du...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals LB Isaiah Simmons’ snap count sees serious jump vs. Panthers

It was a near-full team effort from Arizona, with 47 players seeing their number called at some point or another in Week 4.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals kicker Matt Prater (5) watches his field goal attempt hit the goal post during th...
Tyler Drake

Arizona Cardinals weighing kicking options with Matt Prater banged up

Injured kicker Matt Prater represents a rather large question mark for the Arizona Cardinals entering Week 5.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals CB Antonio Hamilton runs through drills during training camp on Wednesday, Aug. 1...
Arizona Sports

Cardinals designate 3 players to return from IR

The Cardinals on Monday designated cornerback Antonio Hamilton, receiver Antoine Wesley and quarterback Colt McCoy to return from IR.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is tackled by Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burn...
Jordan Leandre

By the numbers: Arizona Cardinals’ consistently inconsistent offense

The Arizona Cardinals have the most consistently inconsistent offenses in football through the first four weeks of the season.
1 day ago
Cardinals visit Bengals on Friday at renamed Paycor Stadium