Brown family increases Bengals ownership stake

The Brown family has increased its control of the Cincinnati


The team announced Friday that the Browns have obtained the

shares held through the Austin Knowlton estate. Investors in New

York had made a deal for the shares that had been estimated at 30

percent of the club. But the Brown family exercised rights to match

the terms to acquire the last major piece of the team that had been

outside the family.

Terms weren’t announced.

Bengals President Mike Brown says in a statement that the family

is committed to having the Bengals remain an asset to the


Brown’s late father, Paul Brown, was an original owner and the

first Bengals coach in 1968. The team plays in Paul Brown