The Cincinnati Bengals have sold out 46 straight games, dating back to 2003.
And now that the Bengals are off to a 4-1 start, they’re staring down the barrel of a blackout.
Bengals P.R. director Jack Brennan told WCPO-TV on
Wednesday that “it’s not looking good” and the Week Six game against the Texans is “nowhere close to
Per the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals must have fewer than 1,500 tickets remaining in order to qualify for an extension of the 72-hour deadline for selling all non-premium seats.
And they’re nowhere close to that number, either.
We could understand this if the Bengals were playing like, you know, the Bengals.
But these are THE BENGALS! They’ve beaten the Steelers and the Ravens and the Packers, and they’re poised to contend for a playoff berth.
It could be that, with back-to-back home games against the Texans and the Bears, fans have opted to buy tickets to the Chicago game instead of the Houston game.
Still, it doesn’t bode well for upcoming home games against the Lions and the Chiefs. And we’re now wondering whether games against AFC North rivals from Baltimore and Cleveland might require some extra elbow grease in order to avoid a blackout.
And we can’t understand why folks who shelled out hard-earned money to watch crappy teams of recent years have suddenly decided to not attend the game.