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Bengals pass on new blackout policy

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When the new rule allowing teams to choose a lower threshold of non-premium seats they needed to sell to avoid a blackout came up for a vote, the Bengals voted against it.

So it’s not much of a surprise to learn that that the team won’t be taking advantage of the new rule, which allows teams to designate a figure as low as 85 percent of capacity. Bengals owner Mike Brown made the announcement on Tuesday, leaving the Buccaneers as the only team that has decided to take advantage of the rule.

“We’re going to stick with the old rule. What we want to see are sold out houses and we want the stadium full with 65,000-plus people. We don’t want to get to just 85 percent or 55,000,” Brown said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “If you think back when they passed the sales tax to finance the stadiums they did it so people could come downtown to the stadiums and watch games. They didn’t do it so people could sit at home and watch games on television. They could have done that without a new stadium. So I think it is best for us and when I look around the league I can see most teams staying with the old rule.”

The Bengals have sold out just two of their last 10 regular-season games at Paul Brown Stadium, leaving them as one of the four teams in the NFL to get blacked out last season. The team lowered some ticket prices during the offseason and recently announced that they have sold out single-game tickets for two of the games on the home slate.

Brown’s decision was likely influenced by the fact that he’d have to pay 16 more cents per ticket to the visiting team for any seat sold above the threshold. The team stood to lose revenue on those dates and obviously chose to roll the dice that they’d be able to move seats for the other six games at their home field.

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10 Responses to “Bengals pass on new blackout policy”
  1. whodeykid says: Jul 24, 2012 4:37 PM

    Mike Brown – “If you think back when they passed the sales tax to finance the stadiums they did it so people could come downtown to the stadiums and watch games. They didn’t do it so people could sit at home and watch games on television. They could have done that without a new stadium.”

    NO WE COULDN’T HAVE! You said we build a new stadium or you’re leaving town. You backed us into a corner and we caved, it wasn’t because we didn’t feel like watching games on tv.

  2. t8ertot says: Jul 24, 2012 4:42 PM

    Before everyone passes judgement on Mike Brown, note that every team except the Bucs voted against it

  3. granadafan says: Jul 24, 2012 5:25 PM

    The citizens of Cincinnati funded the cushy place of business where Mike Brown and his company work. Now he’s going to withhold services from the same people just because they now cannot afford to buy his overpriced product in a terrible recession. He also signed a contract with a media outlet to show games to the public.

    Rescind the archaic blackout rule now.

  4. jrich4210 says: Jul 24, 2012 7:59 PM

    If you cheapskates want to see the game, buy a freakin ticket! While I am t it, you politicians should keep your nose out of sports.

  5. Oldcat says: Jul 24, 2012 8:04 PM

    He cut the ticket prices by way more than 16 cents. He told you why he did it. Why call him a liar?

  6. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 24, 2012 8:18 PM

    I bet Mike Brown turns his clothes inside out to save on laundry detergent

  7. vincentbojackson says: Jul 24, 2012 10:43 PM

    Pretty hard to argue with any decision Mike Brown makes. The guy’s a friggin’ genius. Keeps making money even though his team hasn’t won a playoff game in over 20 years.

  8. cincyfan0890 says: Jul 24, 2012 11:36 PM

    What about us fans who get the game on tv but live an hour and a half from the stadium? It costs as much to drive to the stadium as the ticket! So it looks like I’ll be drinking beer watching the corner scores trying to keep up with them again this year!

  9. joetoronto says: Jul 25, 2012 6:29 AM

    It’s easy to slam Mike Brown for his cheap and shortsighted ways, I do it all the time, but eventually you have to ask yourself, who’s the real loser here?

    Mike Brown, who makes a killing raping his fans, or the fans who continue to support him?

  10. jamesstinnett says: Jul 25, 2012 11:14 AM

    Of course overy team passed on it because they all sell out!! Mike Brown should have did this. When the city agreed to pay the taxes for the stadium, the Bengals also promised to put a winning team on the field. Two playoff appearances and 0 playoff wins hardly counts as a winning team. So i dont want to hear him talk about that agreement.. I like going to the games its a lot of fun, but i really like laying on the couch watchin the games, eating food that isnt insanely over priced, and keeping up with my fantasy team. Not to mention i dont have to be out in the freezing cold, and pay a ton to do so. The NFL needs to get rid of the black out rule, and instead if the game doesnt sell out, you should be able to buy it on pay per view, for a couple bucks.

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