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Another Bengals blackout coming

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As of Saturday, the Bengals will have played seven regular-season home games.  And six of them will have been blacked out.

The Bengals quietly announced on Tuesday that, when the Cardinals come to town, the stadium will be as quiet as it has been for every home game except the one against the Steelers.

According to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com, only 41,202 fans showed up for the Week 14 game between the Texans and Bengals.  Three times this year, fewer people attended a Bengals regular-season home game than attended the game played at Paul Brown Stadium between the University of Cincinnati and West Virginia, which drew 48,152.

The Bengals finish the season on New Year’s Day with a visit from the Ravens, which could have a playoff berth hinging on the outcome.  Which raises an obvious question:  How bad would the attendance have been this year if the team wasn’t 8-6?

The Broncos-Bills game also has been blacked out for Saturday.  No games will be played in any of the other 2011 blackout hot spots (i.e., San Diego, Tampa, Miami, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Minnesota).

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  1. 1fast84 says: Dec 21, 2011 11:20 PM

    I hate watching the damn bengals through the internet instead on the big screen in HD!

  2. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 21, 2011 11:23 PM

    Blacking out is bad. Blacking out while in the bathroom with Ben Roethlisberger is much worse.

  3. midwestfan says: Dec 21, 2011 11:24 PM

    As a lifelong Bengals fan (insert joke here) can you blame fans? It’s not about the record, it’s the thousands of dollars people have spent on this franchise the last $20. Oh yea, and the cheapest ticket is about $80 too, heaven forbid they lower prices.

  4. dasboat says: Dec 21, 2011 11:27 PM

    So if the NFL is so unbelievably popular, why are so many teams experiencing lousy attendance?

  5. mrgroovesd says: Dec 21, 2011 11:27 PM

    Everyone is alway blasting how CA teams or FL teams can’t sell out a game…well, look here. What’s even more puzzling is the Bengals are doing pretty decent also with a winning record.

  6. sandwichsad says: Dec 21, 2011 11:31 PM

    I hate mike brown… that is all

  7. 7pints says: Dec 21, 2011 11:32 PM

    I am so thankful to be a Bronco fan during this holiday season! I understand times are hard for many, but I cannot imagine a local black out for our boys. I get up to the game (as a non-season ticket holder… would if they were available) 1-2 times a year and I treasure it. Also, I talk some trash on this board as most of us do, but in all sincerity Merry Christmas to all!

  8. acerockefellar says: Dec 21, 2011 11:32 PM

    People dont trust Mike Brown. Once the Bengals are consistently winning the fans will show. Win and they will come.

  9. musiccitymiracle says: Dec 21, 2011 11:33 PM

    When Shahid Khan moves the Jags to Pakistan, the Bengals owner should move them to West Bengal (India)…forming the new AFC South Asia division. Win!

  10. vonjenkton says: Dec 21, 2011 11:33 PM

    Jacksonville is a “2011 Blackout Hot Spot”? Really? Jacksonville hasn’t had a blackout since 2009.

  11. buzzbissinger says: Dec 21, 2011 11:38 PM

    Blackout hot spot? Is that an oxymoron?

  12. whodeydaytonchapter says: Dec 21, 2011 11:40 PM

    I used to do about four games a year. Never again. I don’t want to give Mike Brown anymore of my money. It will only encourage him. That moron lost me when he refused to get anything in return for Carson. Yet another star said he has had enough of Brown. OK, OK. Somebody made a stupid offer that not even he could pass on, but that is only gonna make it worse. Now Brown is breaking his arm patting himself on the back. Instead he should fix the front office and hire some scouts that don’t have the last name Brown or Blackburn (his daughter’s married name). I am not coming back until my demands are met…or until they hold “take a swing at Mike Clown pinata night.”

  13. buffalosaint says: Dec 21, 2011 11:43 PM

    So if the NFL is so unbelievably popular, why are so many teams experiencing lousy attendance?

    Well $160 for 2 tickets $20 to park $10 a beer and pretty soon we’re talking about some real money.

  14. Vegas Guy says: Dec 21, 2011 11:43 PM

    All Mike Brown has to do is hire a GM. (And actually give control of the team TO the GM).

  15. quizguy66 says: Dec 21, 2011 11:45 PM

    Of course might ask the question why the taxpayers who paid (and continue to pay) so much for that stadium get deprived of seeing home games via the antiquated blackout rules. They make so much from the TV rights and other revenue sources. And still they price the tickets high in a tough economy (see teams like the Rams for an example of a team that actually is trying to get fans in the building). The bottom line Mike Brown has to show that the changes that seem to have occurred this year (clearly he’s listening more to his football people this year) are more permanent and that the commitment to winning is real.

    Side note – if it’s such a bad investment for him and it’s really hurting the Brown family coffers, why have they bought out the minority owner who had the other 30% (and who I have to say I never realized existed until today).

    -QG

  16. blackbug99 says: Dec 21, 2011 11:46 PM

    Jacksonville is a “2011 Blackout Hot Spot”? Really? Jacksonville hasn’t had a blackout since 2009……………………………………………………………………….
    The tarp capitol of the NFL!

  17. djp141 says: Dec 21, 2011 11:53 PM

    Jacksonville hasn’t had a blackout since 2009.
    ————————————————

    Probably because of the tarps they put over the seats.

  18. jagfan8030 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:00 AM

    Check the records no black outs in jax for two years!!! PlZ post this!!!!

  19. ivedoneyourwife says: Dec 22, 2011 12:03 AM

    djp and blackbug…those tarps are your mommas snuggies.

  20. jagfan8030 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:07 AM

    Our attendance is still way over 40 thousand!!!!! We average 65 thousand a game,

  21. raiderrob21 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:10 AM

    These Blackout articles are ridiculous! Why post this? People have come to their senses. Why pay outrageous ticket prices? There are more important things to spend your money on than the soaring ticket prices of the NFL. The Country is poor, people are out of work, etc. Props to everyone across the Country refusing to pay these prices.
    And why compare Bengals to the College team? Are the ticket prices the same cost? I dont think so.

  22. jags880 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:12 AM

    Even with the tarps, Everbank still has a capacity larger than places like Chicago and Pittsburgh.

  23. realnflmaster says: Dec 22, 2011 12:19 AM

    Yet all people talk about are the Rams, Jags and Bills moving. Yet they consistently draw better than the Bungles, even in horrible losing season.

    Garbage franchise in a garbage city.

  24. boilerup1869 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:28 AM

    I’ve never understood the economics behind NFL blackouts.

    How does removing your made-for-television product from the television increase revenue or expand margins? Does anyone benefit from this?

    Faced with the decision to broadcast the local team in the local market or not, what overpaid suit concluded that blackouts are the right move?

  25. yevrag3535 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:31 AM

    Who cares, Bengals suck and it is Christmas Eve. people have better things to do than watch that trash, the NFL should be ashamed of itself for even having games this weekend. It should all be monday, they don’t cre about the people anyway.

  26. jtm12180 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:38 AM

    @ caseyanthonymunoz:

    how bout blackout in a bathroom with a 400lb bubba looking for a piece of action!

    you must swing that way considering how you take a thread about cinci & baltimore, yet make your comment about roethlisberger…

  27. stlouis81 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:39 AM

    Are you people really that desperate to bash Jacksonville that you keep bring up the tarp issue even though the NFL capacity of that stadium is 67,000? That’s still more than quite a few stadiums, you know.

    If Jacksonville was a big market, the tarps would be a problem because big markets are suppose to sell 90% of 70,000+ stadiums.

    Jacksonville is NOT a large market. Expecting them or any medium to small market not called Green Bay is unreasonable and you people know it.

    I guess it shouldn’t surprise me. People don’t do their research and rely on the national media to do that for them. Problem is, a lot of them don’t do their research, either.

  28. jjljr says: Dec 22, 2011 1:07 AM

    look at it this way, Bengals fans … you don’t have to watch the Cardinals, and you (probably) now get to see the Eagles/Cowboys tilt, which will be a far better game than AZ/CIN.

    this is like turning a box of lemons into a case of Dom Perignon.

  29. kiltherl says: Dec 22, 2011 1:21 AM

    Jacksonville lets stop making excuses for ourselves…it is what it is… only winning will make us better…i’m going to put a nice tarp over my jag loving ass before i go to bed….

  30. emma333 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:22 AM

    Jacksonville’s average attendance has been around 62000 this year…yet, this Move-a-phobia (Mr Khan’s quote) continues in the media….WHY is Cincinnati not mentioned as a candidate for a move to LA, Toronto, London….42,000 is unacceptable especially with a team that is in contention…..what if they were 4-10?

  31. nflpasux says: Dec 22, 2011 1:35 AM

    re: “Of course might ask the question why the taxpayers who paid (and continue to pay) so much for that stadium get deprived of seeing home games via the antiquated blackout rules.”

    ————————————————————————————-

    It’s amazing how some seem to believe that, even though they do not contribute to team revenues by buying tickets to home games(thereby creating blackouts), there is, somehow in their twisted logic, and entitlement to be able to watch free-TV Bengals home games.

    Huh?

  32. eddieapoc says: Dec 22, 2011 1:41 AM

    As a Lions fan I’m an authority on crappy teams. Its a shame the fans aren’t getting behind the Bengals. Maybe after they string together a couple good seasons.

    Seems like a team on the way up and there should be some good buzz when they start using those Carson Palmer draft picks.

  33. sellout3871 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:48 AM

    WOW, AWESOME ARTICLE BRO!!

  34. willisaldon9952 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:49 AM

    If it makes you Bengles fans feel better the 49ers had a blackout on Monday night, grantred it only lasted 30 min.

  35. jonathanfesler says: Dec 22, 2011 2:06 AM

    I don’t agree with black outs at all! A poor man should be able to sit at home and watch his team play on his TV weather the game is sold out or not!!!

  36. Robert says: Dec 22, 2011 2:21 AM

    Cmon Bengals get that 6th playoff seed.

  37. mastodonry says: Dec 22, 2011 2:42 AM

    Mike Brown has been a drain on the city for the last 20 years. People are fed up. The Carson debacle, resigning a coach with a losing record, refusing a GM…etc. Fans are sick of him and just lining his pocket. This offseason will be key as to whether or not the fans show up in 2012. We have a shot to build a great team. Free agency lines up well with our needs as does the draft. Brown can be like his usual self and cheap skate through FA and ignore the lines in the draft or sign some good free agents and draft to build the lines finally.

  38. ranksarot says: Dec 22, 2011 3:09 AM

    When you take the wealth from the middle class and concentrate it up into the hands of a very small percent, who do you think is going to buy tickets? These NFL games are a microcosm of whats going on across the board in this country. The rich are getting richer and the poor and middle class are getting poorer. Problem is, you can’t fill a stadium with the 1 percent. You need a strong middle class to buy the products. Look up supply side economics. It hasn’t worked.

  39. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 22, 2011 3:21 AM

    NFL on TV > NFL in stadium

  40. jagfan1968 says: Dec 22, 2011 4:42 AM

    The jaguars have not had blackout in 2 years. How can we be considered a hotspot with those other teams. Ridiculous

  41. i10east says: Dec 22, 2011 4:43 AM

    It’s a shame when a team has a winning record & a chance to go to the playoffs, but the fans still don’t sell out; Recently over the years, the fans of CIN, SD, OAK, and TB comes to mind.

  42. marty2019 says: Dec 22, 2011 6:14 AM

    Okay, I object to calling Jacksonville a blackout hot spot when they have not had a blackout since 2009.

    As for the tarps, the tarps reduce the stadium capacity to 67,000. That’s still more seats than a lot of other places.

  43. nationalmediacansuckit says: Dec 22, 2011 6:22 AM

    (Talking very slow)Jax with tarps 67,162. Jax without tarps 77,263. 77k is a big stadium for a small-medium market team like Jax which is why tarps were added. Jax avg 62k per game this year. Stadium is larger that 12 other teams with tarps. Redemption will be so sweet very soon for Jax.

  44. mightyleemoon says: Dec 22, 2011 6:28 AM

    1fast84 says:
    Dec 21, 2011 11:20 PM
    I hate watching the damn bengals through the internet instead on the big screen in HD!

    =============================

    You could try going to the game.

  45. mightyleemoon says: Dec 22, 2011 6:29 AM

    stlouis81 says:
    Dec 22, 2011 12:39 AM
    Are you people really that desperate to bash Jacksonville that you keep bring up the tarp issue even though the NFL capacity of that stadium is 67,000? That’s still more than quite a few stadiums, you know.

    If Jacksonville was a big market, the tarps would be a problem because big markets are suppose to sell 90% of 70,000+ stadiums.

    Jacksonville is NOT a large market. Expecting them or any medium to small market not called Green Bay is unreasonable and you people know it.

    I guess it shouldn’t surprise me. People don’t do their research and rely on the national media to do that for them. Problem is, a lot of them don’t do their research, either.

    ============================

    So the folks in Jacksonville aren’t bright enough to build an appropriately sized stadium? Got it.

  46. bonniebengal says: Dec 22, 2011 6:32 AM

    The city finally had enough of Mike Brown last year when Carson left, and he finally lost a portion of the fans that he has not been able to get back yet. Brown’s philosophy has always been that no matter what he does, winning games will bring the fans back. It hasn’t worked this time. Maybe this punch in the wallet will finally get him to at least hire more scouts and build an indoor practice facility. If he was smart he’d also start to put Katie out more as the face of the team because Cincy fans have FINALLY reached their limit with him.

  47. whoplayswhere says: Dec 22, 2011 6:43 AM

    I would love to be going on Saturday. But damn, there is some holiday that my parents, in laws, and most importantly wife and son, expect me to attend with them to celebrate life, family, and my religious values. I guess somethings are more important than the NFL.

  48. jcioffi1485 says: Dec 22, 2011 6:46 AM

    Like Fidel Castro,Mike Brown will eventually pass on. Even Al Davis proved you can’t live forever. It’s the state of the economy, not winning in front of your fans when you do play at home and those stinking orange pajamas for uniforms that repel the fans. The fair weather Bengal fans will show up for the Ravens game only if the jets lose and the Bengals whip the Cardinals 45-7

  49. blackcatnfl says: Dec 22, 2011 6:51 AM

    Sounds like a problem with the transformer leading into the stadium to me.

  50. rkingndayton says: Dec 22, 2011 7:09 AM

    Bengals fans are used to being disappointed. That’s why paying the $$ isn’t worth the hassle of going to the game…..and let’s not get ahead of ourselves; the Bengals are obviously overachieving this year. They are clearly a year or two out from contending consistently. Just IMO, obviously.

  51. hpb2167 says: Dec 22, 2011 7:22 AM

    Boy, what and idiot that guy is that said Jacksonville will be moved to Pakistan. Can you please remove him from allowing to post. Reality is this guy not only is one of the wealthiest owners but potentially could be one of the best. His tolerance for not winning will not be like Wayne Weavers.

    Uncover the tarps at Everbank field and it’s capacity is right at 84,000 for you who don’t know the difference.

  52. youreallmorons says: Dec 22, 2011 7:22 AM

    Fighting for a playoff spot and you cant even sell out the game is just pathetic. I feel bad for Marvin, he deserves better.

    Just move the Jags already…tarps and all. There 5,000 fans will get over it. The NFL knows they made a huge mistake giving Jacksonville the expanision team over Baltimore. Even when they do “sell out” you see more empty teal seats then people sitting in them.

  53. shackdelrio says: Dec 22, 2011 7:51 AM

    L.A. Bengals

  54. purpleloki says: Dec 22, 2011 7:54 AM

    Minnesota hasn’t had a blackout since 1998

  55. vetdana says: Dec 22, 2011 7:54 AM

    Wages and benefits are going DOWN, not up. 3000 people a week are losing their healthcare insurance, unemployment is sky high !Blackout rules are antiquated and totally non productive.They have the opposite affect of forcing people to buy tickets. NFL Ticket and concession prices just keep going up.You do not need a Doctorate in Economics to know that something has to give !………….it is attendance. This trend is not going to change until people have more expendable income for recreation.When is the economy going to turn around ? Nobody knows !

  56. zoxitic says: Dec 22, 2011 8:26 AM

    If you think about it, these articles about blackouts are pretty interesting.

    Immediately, the fans get very defensive and the fans of other teams ridicule the fans of the team in question.

    To me, all the fans should be ridiculing the owners, not the fans.

    As an owner, why is it that your team is not in demand? What are you not doing to make your team an attractive draw? Are your prices too high? Are you not fielding an entertaining team. Are your facilities poor?

    Owners should be the subject of the ridicule.
    They must be laughing reading comments about us attacking eachother. We play right into their hands.

    RIDICULE THE OWNERS.

  57. pastabelly says: Dec 22, 2011 8:29 AM

    The Bengals aren’t a garbage team. Their ownership is garbage and it’s understandable that their fans want to see more before they invest emotionally and financially in that team and organization. The formulas for the other teams are similar. Small to middle market cities with a combination of bad stadium situations and a tough economy. As big of a cash printing machine as the NFL is, there still are some problems. Other than LA, there really aren’t any big markets for any of these franchises to go to. The teams still make money and the franchises are viable because of the tv deals. I still wouldn’t mind seeing both LA and Toronto (not without a bigger stadium) get their own teams.

  58. bigredlite says: Dec 22, 2011 8:47 AM

    OK this is how it is, if you go to the bengals game and wait for the game to start you can get tickets from the scalpers for about 20 to 30 dollars per seat. No problem now where it hurts you is even though the bengals arent selling out the cost of parking has gone up from 30 dollars to 35 dollars. Beers are $7.75 per beer. But once you are in you can pretty much sit anywhere their is an empty seat.

  59. natigator says: Dec 22, 2011 9:00 AM

    As a Cincinnatian myself, I can tell you exactly why the crowds are so pitifully low – and it has nothing to do with supporting the team, the prices, or economy (granted those are contributing factors)

    The problem is MIKE BROWN. As many of you know, when the Wall Street Journal named the Bengals stadium deal as the best deal in all of sports, they werent kidding around. The Bengals pay nothing for the stadium, no rent, no financial contribution – NOTHING. Not only that, they get full authority on any events that happen inside the taxpayers stadium and get a cut of other events that happen in our stadium.

    To boot, there are clauses in the stadium lease that call for several million dollars in upgrades/renovations every few years (along with a new scoreboard). Well Hamilton County, like many other counties, is flat broke. Hemorraging cash, debating the merits of laying off fire, police etc. So this year the Bengals are “owed” 9 million for stadium upgrades – money we dont have. After much hand wringing, we got that payment delayed.

    Still unable to pay the bills, Hamilton County is being forced to sell one of their major assets – Drake Hospital. Doing so will lower their credit rating no less. As word breaks the hospital is up for sale here comes ol’ Mikey with hat in hand demanding his 9M now.

    So between him, the Carson Palmer situation, being named the worst pro sports franchise by ESPiN, the WSJ report…….do you blame us for staying away?

  60. flushdownmikebrown says: Dec 22, 2011 9:11 AM

    I am a 7 year season ticket holder. But I dont blame fans. Mike Brown takes advantage of us. The main reason the bengals are winning is their schedule right now

    Unfortunately, we will not win consistently despite Dalton and Green being a nice core.

  61. nowillrepeat says: Dec 22, 2011 9:16 AM

    As a Saints fan, I remember blackouts growing up in the ’90’s.

    I thought it was such a ridiculous menuvor by the nfl. How are you supposed to gain new or retain existing fans, if they cant even watch them on tv?

  62. holeinone09 says: Dec 22, 2011 9:29 AM

    c@aseyanthonymunoz says:
    Dec 21, 2011 11:23 PM
    Blacking out is bad. Blacking out while in the bathroom with Ben Roethlisberger is much worse.

    * * * * *

    While you make lame boring attempts at what you probably think is a joke, Bengals lost to the Steelers twice this year and can’t even be seen on local TV by fans. Steelers made playoffs last week. Home Steeler games have been shown on local TV for over 50 years straight. I have been on season ticket waiting list for over 15 years, I wish we had a BIGGER stadium. Deep inside, you wish you were a Steeler fan, pal. Keep dreaming.

    GO STEELERS!!

  63. steelcitymasterrace says: Dec 22, 2011 9:35 AM

    The Bungles are the biggest joke in football. Terrible team, terrible fans. I wish they would just disband. Enough people in Ohio are Steeler’s fans anyway! KISS THE RINGS!

  64. raythestabber says: Dec 22, 2011 9:57 AM

    It has nothing to do with the cost of a ticket so don’t try and use that as an excuse. I have friends that went to the Houston game and got 4 tickets for 50 bucks TOTAL! These scalpers are dying to get rid of these tickets, problem is MOST Bengals fans are as fair weather as they come.

  65. njhitman says: Dec 22, 2011 10:01 AM

    They need to bring back TO since he was the only person buying tickets !!!!

  66. footballfan says: Dec 22, 2011 10:07 AM

    dasboat says: Dec 21, 2011 11:27 PM

    So if the NFL is so unbelievably popular, why are so many teams experiencing lousy attendance?

    ************

    Gotta love revenue sharing!!! If not for that I am sure there would be a few teams filing bankruptcy!

  67. bunkmcnulty says: Dec 22, 2011 10:15 AM

    As a Ravens fan, I am not objective. But I will say I think Cincinatti fans are smart, dedicated, and at this point mad. They hate their owner. They have made bad personnel moves.

    Despite all of this, their team has done well. Marvin has been at his coaching ceiling for years, but ownership likes him because he doesn’t challenge them. They have two great coordinators and a very decent young talent base. But if you hate the owner, I get you don’t want to show up. The problem is, Fans NEVER win a battle against a HATED owner. NEVER.

    I feel for you Cincy. You’re a great sports town. Not sure this ends well.

  68. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 22, 2011 10:28 AM

    A team in the mix for a playoff spot and no one comes to the games? How many seats does the stadium hold?

  69. joetoronto says: Dec 22, 2011 10:36 AM

    So, it’s understandable if the fans stay away because of Paul Brown, but it’s Armageddon when Palmer finally has had enough and doesn’t want to play there anymore.

    Right?

  70. hoosiermizuno says: Dec 22, 2011 11:08 AM

    This is just the start of a trend in the NFL.

    With economy down, and ticket food and parking prices up, along with the advances in HD TV’s being much more affordable, NFL Ticket and the RedZone channel, along with the idiot fans at games either drunk or violent, the blackouts are just going to become more prevalent.

    I’m a cincy fan and go to one game a year. Its always fun but i don’t leave wishing i could go to more. I think a lot of people are perfectly fine watching on their bigscreen TV, following all the games, and not spending crazy money not just on tickets, but the high food prices and ridiculous prices to park in a gravel lot a half mile from the stadium.

    Oh yeah, and Mike Brown is terrible, so that doesn’t help either. Just saying for those who laugh at the Bengals for not selling out, give the NFL another 5 years and there will be a lot more half empty stadiums.

  71. hoosiermizuno says: Dec 22, 2011 11:12 AM

    raythestabber says: Dec 22, 2011 9:57 AM

    It has nothing to do with the cost of a ticket so don’t try and use that as an excuse. I have friends that went to the Houston game and got 4 tickets for 50 bucks TOTAL! These scalpers are dying to get rid of these tickets, problem is MOST Bengals fans are as fair weather as they come.

    —————————————–
    Really? when have the bengals had fair weather. They’ve sold out for years when they were terrible. Fans are finally after 20+ years not going to the games….and they are having a ‘fair’ year. How does this make them fair weather fans???

    If you want fair weather fans you don’t have to go far. Indianapolis fans don’t even know the city still has a team if peyton isn’t playing.

  72. djigel says: Dec 22, 2011 11:17 AM

    @holeinone09 –
    While I myself am getting VERY tired of Big Ben jokes, at least that one was clever so try to see a little humor in it….

    Honestly, I would like to just see one article on the Bengals where I didn’t have to see “GO STEELERS” at the bottom comments after…. you have enough to be happy about….so go and be happy about it!

    As for wishing we were Steelers fans? The thought is nauseating…. it would either mean I was from the city of Pittsburgh, or more than likely, a tired story with the attempt at trying to validate the fact that most are (or were in the 1970s) champion chasers…..

  73. bunkmcnulty says: Dec 22, 2011 11:54 AM

    steelcitymasterrace says:
    Dec 22, 2011 9:35 AM
    The Bungles are the biggest joke in football. Terrible team, terrible fans. I wish they would just disband. Enough people in Ohio are Steeler’s fans anyway! KISS THE RINGS!
    ___________________
    I am not a Cincinatti fan, but morons like this give all Steelers fans a bad name. Someone…anyone, find me one intelligent thing this person has said? Let me save you the time. There is not one.

    Just the screen name alone let’s one know the level of intelligence at work. Really? A master race? Too bad that master race hasn’t figured out how to keep jobs and grow an economy. And I don’t want to hear about an improving unemployment rate. We all know your citizens have left in droves for employment elsewhere. They are like the stink bugs that started in PA too. They have invaded the surrounding areas. Oh well, we in Maryland need yinz down here to dig ditches and be our waiters and waitresses and dishwashers.

    Master Race? That is really funny! Maybe yinz should become comedians.

  74. meatloaf025 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:04 PM

    Those fans in Cincy are smart. Instead of paying for the ticket, they go to the bar and drink it all.

  75. candyman4881 says: Dec 22, 2011 12:10 PM

    Rams havent had a blackout since 2009 either – St Louis has GREAT NFL support for such a crappy product they have put on the field in the last 5 years.

  76. goldstardk says: Dec 22, 2011 12:15 PM

    @bunk,

    Seriously, all you had to say was in the first paragraph. He gives Steeler fans a bad name and guessing that you are a Raven fan, give Raven fans a bad name. Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cincinnati for that point are fairly similar demographically, ecnomically etc, so anyone making fun of each other is a typical web board troll.

    That said, its hard to believe the Bengals can’t sell out, it’s a decent sports town and they are fighting for a playoff spot. What a freakin waste

  77. samoanjungle says: Dec 22, 2011 12:36 PM

    Well nowadays people are going to 1 or 2 games a year instead of buying season tickets. 5 years ago, you didn’t worry about spending $80 on a ticket several times a year. Now that seems like a lot of money to most people around Cincinnati. Not only do we have high unemployment but most of the construction workers have left town for work elsewhere.

  78. stew48 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:11 PM

    As difficult as it was, I read most of these posts. It seems some are learning that Brown is the single problem, not the record, fans or any of the other trash repeated ad naseus. What is somewhat amazing, to me, is that no one seems to know why the Bengals are not mentioned by knowledgeable folks as candidates to move to another city. There is a reason, though. Why not take time to research that, so next time you post, it might be interesting.

  79. fister30 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:13 PM

    Firstly, sorry for spelling because my 2-year old took half my keys from my keyboard.

    It seems that there are a litany of reasons why fans are not showing up to games in cities like Cincy, Jacksonville, San Diego…and all of the reasons are very good ones. Terrible ownership, high and continuously rising prices, competing priorities, poor stadium experience, etc. etc.

    I love watching the game of football and I still love my Bengals, but I just can’t fool myself anymore that I make enough money to go to games with my young kids and watch a game that the players and ownership don’t think is all that important anymore. The fans of this game have long considered the game to be more important than those actually in it. That’s my biggest issue with all of this. That and my kids picking up four-letter words.

  80. hoosiermizuno says: Dec 22, 2011 2:27 PM

    samoanjungle says: Dec 22, 2011 12:36 PM

    Well nowadays people are going to 1 or 2 games a year instead of buying season tickets. 5 years ago, you didn’t worry about spending $80 on a ticket several times a year. Now that seems like a lot of money to most people around Cincinnati. Not only do we have high unemployment but most of the construction workers have left town for work elsewhere.
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    i have to agree with this but i also think that 5 years ago people were more inclined to spend money on going to games not because of a better economy, but just in the last 5 years the option to stay at home and watch for cheap on big screen HD TV has become affordable. TV 50″+ were few grand. now 500 bucks gets you a pretty big tv. the whole experience of watching at home has gotten better and cheaper.

    nothing beats being at the stadium, but with other options that are pretty good too, people go once or twice instead of getting season tickets.

  81. maddog111 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:34 PM

    samoanjungle says:
    Dec 22, 2011 12:36 PM
    Well nowadays people are going to 1 or 2 games a year instead of buying season tickets. 5 years ago, you didn’t worry about spending $80 on a ticket several times a year. Now that seems like a lot of money to most people around Cincinnati. Not only do we have high unemployment but most of the construction workers have left town for work elsewhere.
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    Been to Cleveland lately? They don’t have any problem selling otu their stadium. Can’t stand the Browns, but that’s as loyal a fanbase as there is.

  82. luciano26 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:56 PM

    I am not a Cincinatti fan, but morons like this give all Steelers fans a bad name. Someone…anyone, find me one intelligent thing this person has said? Let me save you the time. There is not one.

    Just the screen name alone let’s one know the level of intelligence at work. Really? A master race? Too bad that master race hasn’t figured out how to keep jobs and grow an economy. And I don’t want to hear about an improving unemployment rate. We all know your citizens have left in droves for employment elsewhere. They are like the stink bugs that started in PA too. They have invaded the surrounding areas. Oh well, we in Maryland need yinz down here to dig ditches and be our waiters and waitresses and dishwashers.

    Master Race? That is really funny! Maybe yinz should become comedians

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    Dude your name is from a television show! Get over yourself….

  83. granadafan says: Dec 22, 2011 6:28 PM

    This blackout rule is archaic and needs to go. No other sport, let alone business punishes their customers for not buying their product. It’s economics, folks, and the demand is not there enough at the high cost. The prices must come down.

    Can you imagine, say, Target, closing down their online store in a hissy fit just because the parking spots at their stores weren’t full? That’s how absurd the NFL is.

  84. bunkmcnulty says: Dec 23, 2011 12:32 AM

    @goldstardk,

    With all due respect, Baltimore’s economic base is hugely broader than Pittsburgh. Really, your comment sounds great but it is inaccurate.

    @Luciano
    You are right. But at least it doesn’t suggest superiority. Just a gritty award winning show.

  85. raiders757 says: Dec 23, 2011 3:27 PM

    Lower the price at the gate, and they will come.

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