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Bengals scramble to avoid first NFL blackout of the year

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Through seven weeks and 107 total games, the NFL has had no local blackouts.  The Bengals could be the first team with a local blackout on Sunday, when they host the Jets.

The Bengals announced earlier this week that 2,000 non-premium tickets remained for the game between AFC postseason contenders.  It’s unknown how many tickets have been sold since then.

The Bengals have opted not to reduce the minimum threshold from 100 percent (teams can go as low as 85 percent), and for good reason.  The team has been to the playoffs in two straight seasons, and they’re currently 5-2 and controlling the AFC North.  Fans should be flocking to Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals have until 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday to get the tickets sold.  If a 24-hour extension is announced, it’ll be safe to assume that the Bengals will either get the tickets sold — or buy the extras at 34 cents on the dollar.

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27 Responses to “Bengals scramble to avoid first NFL blackout of the year”
  1. backdapack4evr says: Oct 24, 2013 10:08 AM

    Move them to London!!

  2. green41563 says: Oct 24, 2013 10:14 AM

    A 5-2 team that’s been terrible forever can’t sell out a home game in October?

    Pathetic.

  3. fancyleague says: Oct 24, 2013 10:16 AM

    Are you kidding me??? The Bengals are about to run away with the division, and they can’t sell out a game against another contender? I guess comfy couch and regular priced beer will always beat crowded tiny plastic seat and ridiculously overpriced swill.

  4. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Oct 24, 2013 10:22 AM

    The fans HAVE been flocking to PBS. The Bengals have sold out 95% of their games since 2005. In the smallest market in the NFL.

  5. t8ertot says: Oct 24, 2013 10:26 AM

    I guess Jets fans know better to show up to their imminent loss

  6. joetoronto says: Oct 24, 2013 10:30 AM

    I guess even Bungals fans know they’re going nowhere with Andy Dalton.

  7. flash1283 says: Oct 24, 2013 10:33 AM

    Bungals fans like to talk shiz but can’t sell out games when there team is in first place.

  8. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 24, 2013 10:43 AM

    A team that’s winning this year and has an exciting pkayer in AJ Green has trouble selling out a home game?

    Pathetic

  9. fikuserectus says: Oct 24, 2013 11:04 AM

    Well, they don’t call them the Bungles for nothing. The Steelers, Browns, and Ravens don’t seem to have this problem. Maybe the Bungles should move to LA.

  10. coachjohnharbaugh says: Oct 24, 2013 11:13 AM

    this team has always been a joke.

    we have never respected them

  11. ravensterps says: Oct 24, 2013 11:13 AM

    Well this is just pathetic.

  12. stoolerz says: Oct 24, 2013 11:20 AM

    I guess ny|nj is too far to drive to help sell out the game. Like it was said above, Cincy fans like to talk smack, but have no bite or pride.

  13. xli2006 says: Oct 24, 2013 11:21 AM

    I’ve never witnessed an NFL stadium as empty as my last visit there to see a road game. The upper section was maybe 1/4 full. Rows and rows of empty seats in the lower level endzones as well. Worked out for us cause we were able to move our entire group down to the lowers for a “free upgrade”, but just kind of sad to see a decent team struggle so hard to move tickets.

  14. rcali says: Oct 24, 2013 11:26 AM

    I’m honestly shocked teams sell as many tickets as they do to games these days.

  15. bigbenownsthenfl says: Oct 24, 2013 11:31 AM

    At least steeler fans buy the tickets and just stay at home. Bengal fans are broke welfare cases! Sad fans and organization!

  16. pitpenguinsrulez says: Oct 24, 2013 11:35 AM

    And yet Bumgal fans want to rip on the Steeler fans…haha that’s laughable! Considering that the Steelers have NEVER had a blackout!! Bumgal fans are just bums!

  17. pitpenguinsrulez says: Oct 24, 2013 11:35 AM

    And yet Bumgal fans want to rip on the Steeler fans…haha that’s laughable! Considering that the Steelers have NEVER had a blackout!! Bumgal fans are just bums!

  18. bonniebengal says: Oct 24, 2013 12:45 PM

    There won’t be a blackout. There’s only a few hundred tickets left. And to the dude who said the Bengals have been terrible forever, we’ve been in the playoffs the last two years. This isn’t the 90s anymore.

  19. t8ertot says: Oct 24, 2013 1:06 PM

    You know it’s a bad season for the steelers when their fans talk trash about the bengals attendance.

    Just take a look at the standings

  20. bonniebengal says: Oct 24, 2013 1:08 PM

    Sad for you Steeler fans that the most exciting point of your season comes when the Bengals take an extra day to sell out their stadium.

  21. scotrugby says: Oct 24, 2013 1:11 PM

    Cincinnati needs to step up here.

    This is the best Bengals team I have seen since they barely lost to the forty whiners in the Super Bowl.

    Step it up Cincy! You have a great team.

    I wish my Raiders were playing this well!

  22. cincinasty87 says: Oct 24, 2013 1:38 PM

    On my budget its hard to afford $30 at least for gas to get to the stadium $ 60 plus for a ticket $10-$15 for a meal . If I want a beer its $8.50 if I want a water its $4.50 .

    Yea I would love to go LOVE TO GO ! But its a $100 dollar day or more for 1 person let alone a family or with friends. At the reds game I can get a $7 seat . If the Bengals want a crowd sell standing room only seats for $7 . Take a page out of the REDS book . Hard to make a living now adays

  23. cincinasty87 says: Oct 24, 2013 1:41 PM

    An btw 5-2 on top of the division

  24. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Oct 24, 2013 2:33 PM

    All this smack talk and the game is sold out (as they always are).

    Lulz

  25. etjla says: Oct 24, 2013 3:23 PM

    Just wait until those players from that lucky bit of drafting start asking for more money. Then Mike “I’m cheap and drive a Chevy Malibu” Brown will let them walk and return the Bengals back to the cellar.

  26. zeke2517 says: Oct 24, 2013 3:47 PM

    “I guess Jets fans know better to show up to their imminent loss”

    They don’t live in Ohio, friend.

  27. preludetosmack says: Oct 24, 2013 4:13 PM

    I looked and there were 200-ish seats left this morning… almost exclusively single seats (ie: you can go but not with a friend).

    Probably gone now.

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