That seven-year streak of sellouts in Cincinnati quickly has become a three-game streak of blackouts.
Sunday’s Browns-Bengals game, a Battle of Ohio that in a round-robin tournament a certain college team headquartered in Columbus possibly would win, won’t be televised in and around Paul Brown Stadium due to lack of ticket sats.
According to Sean McClelland of the Dayton Daily News, it’s the first non-sellout of a Browns-Bengals game in a non-strike year since 1979.
We’re not sure what relevance the non-strike designation has, other than to permit the streak to extend back farther than 1987 and/or 1982.
Look for the Week 16 regular-season finale between the Chargers and Bengals also to not be a sellout, even though it will be the first non-strike game played between the two teams on the day after Christmas since the last time they played on the day after Christmas. In a non-strike year.