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NFL says no to Super Bowl watch party at Bengals' stadium

CINCINNATI (AP) — The NFL won't sign off on a Super Bowl watch party at Paul Brown Stadium.

The league sent a letter to stadium officials saying the legal and logistical barriers are too great to allow a broadcast of the game on the stadium's big screens. The NFL said the decision is consistent with the organization’s rules and policies.

Hamilton County officials had asked stadium officials to explore the possibility of the community watch party at the venue.

Hamilton County Board of Commissioners president Stephanie Summerow Dumas told the Cincinnati Enquirer that her concerns included being able to ensure the safety of people inside the stadium and taking away business from restaurants and bars where fans typically congregate for games.

The stadium will be the site of a fan rally on Monday. All of the free tickets for the 6 p.m. general admission event have been claimed.

The Bengals play the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on Feb. 13.

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