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Bengals get extension to try to sell out Sunday’s game


The Bengals are 3-1 and playing at home on Sunday, but they haven’t been able to sell enough tickets to avoid a television blackout just yet.

The team announced Tuesday that they have received an extension from the league in hopes of selling enough of their non-premium seats for the game against the Dolphins. The original deadline was 1 p.m. on Thursday, but the team will now have until 4 p.m. Friday to move the seats.

Since the Bengals opted not to take advantage of the new NFL rule enabling teams to lower their blackout threshold up to 15 percent this season, they have to sell all of them for the game to get on television. They think the extension is a sign they’ll be able to get it done.

“The extension is a positive sign. We’ve had strong interest all offseason, into the preseason, and now the winning streak has really picked things up the last week or two, so we’re hoping for a packed stadium,” Bengals ticket sales manager Andrew Brown said. “It’s going to be a nice fall day with two young, exciting quarterbacks in Andy Dalton and Ryan Tannehill going at it in a close game.”

There will be a Reds road playoff game at some point on Sunday, something that could limit the pool of ticket buyers, but, as Brown points out, you only have so many chances to see Dalton and Tannehill tangle on a nice fall day. There have been three blackouts so far this season, two in Tampa Bay and one in San Diego.

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11 Responses to “Bengals get extension to try to sell out Sunday’s game”
  1. mikebrownfaux says: Oct 2, 2012 7:12 PM

    Lowering the nose bleed seats to 40 bucks a ticket was about all we were going to get done to help this blackout thing.

  2. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 2, 2012 7:16 PM

    Really could be a good battle of promising young QBs. I would expect lots of scoring and a close game based on how the Dolphins battled the unbeaten Cardinals Sunday.

  3. notthathand says: Oct 2, 2012 7:38 PM

    Not exactly Esiason vs. Marino, but it’s still early.

  4. albundy4tds1game says: Oct 2, 2012 8:16 PM

    I hope the Bucs can get an extension , the game against the Skins sunday wouldnt of been blacked out if it wasn’t for the 72 hour rule

  5. spunhead73 says: Oct 2, 2012 10:25 PM

    Worst fans in the land. Bengals suck.

  6. mazblast says: Oct 3, 2012 12:03 AM

    Boomer Esiason. Now THERE is a guy who was overrated during his playing days. He’s just as bad as an analyst, should wear a shirt that says, “Just call me Captain Obvious”.

  7. joetoronto says: Oct 3, 2012 8:22 AM

    In fairness to Bunghole fans, they know this team is a pretender and will lose every big game again this year.

    Can’t blame them for not showing up.

  8. borophyll says: Oct 3, 2012 8:32 AM

    What’s the matter Bungles fans? Can’t count on Browns fans driving down from Cleveland to buy up all the extra tickets like they did in Week 2?

  9. joshh967 says: Oct 3, 2012 8:59 AM

    If we go to the game, then were considered to just be drinking the Kool-aid and giving money to an organization that has a track record of disrespecting its fanbase.

    If we dont go to the game then were considered bad fans.

    We always have good tv ratings but low attendance which should tell something to the people yelling about how bad of fans we are.

  10. hehateme2 says: Oct 3, 2012 1:41 PM

    3-1 and can’t even sell out a home game? These fans are smarter than I gave them credit for!

  11. l6ozbud says: Oct 3, 2012 2:57 PM

    Can’t sell out? Won’t sell out? The Bengals have until 4pm Friday. At that point, the game will be sold out.

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