Maybe the Bengals should be added to the list of teams that could move to Los Angeles, where the alleged deliveries of marijuana from Northern California to receiver Jerome Simpson wouldn’t have to travel quite so far.
The Bengals, who had an announced crowd of 43,363 at a stadium with a capacity of 65,515 for a home opener, have announced that Sunday’s game against the 3-0 Bills also will not be sold out, and thus won’t be televised locally.
Curiously (or maybe not), the Bengals did not announce the situation with their usual email to the media.
The Bengals host one more game in October, on the 16th against the Colts. The best chance for a sellout presumably comes on November 13, versus the Steelers.
Unfortunately for the Bengals, four of their final six games will be at home, on November 27 (vs. Cleveland), December 11 (vs. Houston), December 24 (vs. Arizona), and January 1 (vs. Baltimore).
If only 43,000 and change showed up in late September for the first home game of the season, who’ll bother to devote a large chunk of the day before Christmas to freezing their butts off to watch a team that likely will be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention? Ditto for New Year’s Day, when the season ends with a visit from the Ravens?
Notwithstanding all other hot spots when it comes to the lack of sellouts, the 2011 Bengals could end up posting some of the worst attendance numbers in years.