As per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Cincinnati Bengals have announced that they will no longer hold training camp at Georgetown College in Kentucky.
The Bengals join a long list of teams that have moved their operations back to their own facilities, and will commence training at Paul Brown Stadium following the offseason.
What has become a somewhat outdated activity, training camps in different regions were largely seen as a means by which to take the team away from distractions and build camaraderie between players, both old and new.
But with the new CBA placing limitations on the number of preseason practices teams will be able to conduct, the logistics of taking the team out of the city have made the trip unfeasible.
It will likely come as great news to the players who, for the most part, would rather be at home, in comfort and in routine rather than sharing a room with their teammates away from their family for two weeks. Especially considering the number of players with young children in the NFL today.
Mike Brown had the following to say on the matter:
The new agreement between the NFL and its players really impacts training camp by reducing practices. That's nothing the Bengals or Georgetown College wanted to see happen, but it is the hand we are dealt, so we both have to adjust to it. I will miss going away for training camp very much, and I will especially miss our friends in Georgetown, Kentucky.
The Bengals have been training at Georgetown since 1997, so this will be a new experience for everyone except Mike Brown. Whether it makes a difference to the overall performance of the team in 2012 remains to be seen, however you can be certain that happy players are more likely to produce.
It is certainly a win for the fans who will have more access to training camp than ever before, without the added difficulty presented by a trip down through Kentucky.
With a change of scenery and routine, the Bengals will be looking to set a new tone this offseason, as they try to move away from being a team with a record of poor seasons following winning ones.
You have to feel that despite his hand being somewhat forced, Mike Brown continues to make changes for the benefit of the team following a season that saw him receive unlikely praise from various media outlets. Let's hope it continues.