Last year, when the Bengals were surprisingly good, they consistently failed to sell all non-premium tickets to their games. This year, they’re surprisingly mediocre, and they’re selling out every home game.
Sounds about right.
Of course, it helps that the Bengals are now hosting good teams and/or compelling players, like the Broncos and Peyton Manning on Sunday. Peyton’s presence helped get enough tickets sold to allow Sunday’s game versus Denver to be televised locally, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Next week’s visit from Peyton’s baby brother apparently isn’t regarded as equally compelling. Per Reedy, “a wider range of tickets” remain available for Week 10 against the Giants and Eli Manning, which means that non-premium tickets remain for next week.
Coming up, Carson Palmer (ever heard of him?) returns on November 25, the Cowboys visit on December 9, and the Ravens come to town on December 30. So even if the Bengals don’t win another game, they likely won’t have major trouble selling tickets.
For owner Mike Brown, who seems to judge success based not on polishing trophies but profits and losses, that could be the recipe for the best season ever.