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FC Cincinnati Doubles Offer to CPS: Hear From FC President Today On Cincinnati Edition

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FC Cincinnati has been drawing record crowds at Nippert Stadium. More than 32,000 attended this game against the Chicago Fire in last year’s U.S. Open Cup, a 3-1 Cincinnati victory.";

Oakley, the West End or Newport? Much of FC Cincinnati’s recent focus has been on the West End, and the soccer team just sweetened its proposed deal to CPS for a stadium there. 

"If we are to proceed in the West End, FC Cincinnati must spend nearly $1 million beginning at 5 p.m. today on real estate acquisition options for necessary site proprieties," the league said in a statement. "As such, we have made a final offer to CPS more than doubling our offer from Monday to pay $750,000 each year over the first 10 years in the new stadium, and to pay a consistent annual amount thereafter."

What does this new deal mean, and how might CPS respond? Listen to Cincinnati Edition today starting at 1:00 p.m., where we will be joined by FC Cincinnati president and general manager Jeff Berding; former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, who is now the community outreach spokesman for the team’s stadium effort; and WCPO.com/WCPO Insider Government and Political reporter Amanda Seitz.

The afternoon discussion will also discuss whether FC Cincinnati will win its bid for a Major League Soccer franchise. In December, MLS awarded one of the two expansion franchises to Nashville, but the league has been slow in naming the second.