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Bengals avoid blackout of key Week 16 game

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It’s a Festivus miracle.

With an extended extension for selling enough tickets to allow the Week 16 game against the Vikings to be televised locally, the Bengals have pulled it off.  The team has announced that the contest will indeed be broadcast.

Of course, many believe that the mere granting of an extension means that enough tickets will be sold, since many believe that an extension won’t be granted by the NFL absent a commitment by the team seeking it to purchase any remaining tickets at 34 cents on the dollar, an amount which represents the league-wide visiting team’s share of ticket sales.

Maybe that’s why the NFL really opposes the FCC’s efforts to scuttle the blackout policy.  Without the blackout policy, the franchises that consistently sell out wouldn’t be able to tax those teams that periodically don’t.

The Bengals are in danger of missing the playoffs, but they can still capture the No. 2 seed by winning their final two games (both at home), if the Patriots lose only once.

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18 Responses to “Bengals avoid blackout of key Week 16 game”
  1. Frazier28/7 says: Dec 20, 2013 4:29 PM

    Sell tickets at 34 cents on the dollar and you’ll never worry about blackouts again and the league would sell out in minutes.

  2. logicaldawg says: Dec 20, 2013 4:31 PM

    They’ve got the division locked up and still have a chance for a bye. i.e. they’ve got a lot to play for. Why can’t that city draw fans to their games?

  3. footballfan01 says: Dec 20, 2013 4:38 PM

    What a terrible fanbase.

  4. westandwest3805 says: Dec 20, 2013 4:38 PM

    Because a lot people in our town truly dislike president Mike Brown and coach Marvin Lewis. (Plus the weather looks awful)

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 20, 2013 4:39 PM

    If blackouts get banned we’ll be telling our grandkids “I remember when a dollar was worth 34 cents!”.

  6. allday420ap says: Dec 20, 2013 4:47 PM

    MErry Festivus as well as Kwanza to everyone.

  7. mclovinib says: Dec 20, 2013 4:55 PM

    because, they’re still ….the bungles

  8. hjb99992013 says: Dec 20, 2013 5:02 PM

    Let the arrogant and smug NFL black out games at their own financial peril.

    When most of the current generation of people who watch football afflicted with ADD , when their favourite team is unavailable for viewing, clicking the “off” button on the TV or watching something else , or playing video games, in short time the NFL will come back cap in cap saying please look at us

  9. stevincinci says: Dec 20, 2013 5:16 PM

    Because their fans are still paying for the stadium 10 years later and can’t afford to go.

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 20, 2013 5:19 PM

    How about all those empty yellow seats in pittsburgh last Sunday.

    The Bubby Brister Era has returned.

  11. purpleguy says: Dec 20, 2013 5:20 PM

    Once they heard they would get a chance to see AP play, the tickets sold like hot-cakes, or at least like cold beer.

  12. colv says: Dec 20, 2013 5:27 PM

    Reminds me of Miami fans, best weather for football watching and seemingly many seat look open. At least last week they had most of the stadium filled up. After 30 years in the AF I’ve retired in Vero Beach. Most fans there are rooting for other teams, mostly not Fl teams. Miami did some major upgrades last summer but still finds many seats open. Good thing about living where I do now is I can get good seats to see some of the best teams in football by going almost equal distant to Tampa, Miami or Jacksonville. Unfortunately, Goodall will want to move one or two Fl teams in the near future. I’m surprised by Cincinnati or maybe not. I think and not sure, they have had these issues in past years.

  13. mark0226 says: Dec 20, 2013 8:30 PM

    Truth is in places like San Diego, the draw of the visiting team is what creates a sellout or not. When Raiders or Denver come to town, they sell out. When the Bengals come to town, they don’t. So it is appropriate for the visiting team NOT to be paid if the stadium doesn’t sell out.

  14. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Dec 20, 2013 8:57 PM

    The Bengals had a sellout streak of 57 straight games last decade and have a current streak of 10 including this one. The Bengals have faithful fans unlike in Pittsburgh, where 2 mediocre seasons leads to Heinz Field being half empty.

  15. krazytrane says: Dec 21, 2013 12:11 AM

    If they can sell thousands of tickets at a 70% discount, why not give season ticket holders discounts based upon years the tickets were held. Keep season ticket holders and entice more. That will fill some seats.

  16. joetoronto says: Dec 21, 2013 4:55 AM

    The Bungals are not a real NFL team and deep down, the fans know it.

    Much like Andy Dalton is not a real NFL QB.

  17. bonniebengal says: Dec 21, 2013 11:55 AM

    The Bengals did not take the 85% deal. They are still at 100%, so some of these other teams “sellouts” are bogus.

  18. originalsteelcurtain says: Dec 21, 2013 4:57 PM

    If the Bengals stopped wearing their pajamas on game-day, I bet more people would show up.

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