Joe Mixon: Selling tickets to neutral site conference title game “disrespectful”

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After the NFL adopted a resolution making changes to playoff procedures in the AFC, the Bengals were unhappy about the prospect of home field for a Wild Card game against the Ravens being based on a coin flip.

The Bengals made that moot by beating the Ravens in Week 18 — the win included a reference to the coin toss by running back Joe Mixon — and then beat the Ravens again last week to move onto a game against the Bills this weekend. While the outcome of the canceled game between the teams could have impacted home field for that game, there was no accommodations made for that when the league altered things earlier this month.

They did make plans for a neutral site title game if the Chiefs and Bills advance that far, however, and tickets for that game went on sale this week. On Wednesday, Mixon told reporters that didn’t sit right with him.

“To be honest, it’s disrespectful, but we’re not worried about that shit,” Mixon said, via Russ Heltman of SI.com. “We got a game to play on Sunday right? Like I said we are gonna go out there on Sunday and we’re gonna do what the hell we got to do to come back with that W. And then we’re going to see what they’re talking about.”

Logistics make it impossible to avoid selling tickets ahead of knowing who will actually be playing in the game, but the Bengals have clearly been using the league’s machinations as motivation during this postseason run and we’ll see if they can use that to their advantage in Buffalo this weekend.

54 responses to “Joe Mixon: Selling tickets to neutral site conference title game “disrespectful”

  1. I haven’t heard anyone explain why this week’s Bengals-Bills game isn’t at a neutral site or a coin flip decision for home field advantage. I just want someone to address the reasoning for it because I can’t figure it out.

  2. As Joe Mixon’s on-field play has slowed, his mouth has speeded up. Joe Mixon isn’t the spokesperson for the Bengals. He’s just a guy who likes to talk and is easy to get a quote from. Joe Burrow is the franchise. He’s happy to be playing. Loves the NFL. Has total respect for the league and the way they’ve handled this unfortunate occurrence, and he’s just happy and thankful that Damar Hamlin is back on his feet. Joe Burrow is also the reason the Bengals have become one of the top teams in the NFL. If you want gloom and doom, talk to Joe Mixon. If you want to see the beauty in the world, talk to Joe Burrow.

  3. He forgets that Cincinnati is selling tickets to the afc championship game in cincy against Jacksonville. So spare me the crying and whining about being disrespected! Who’s been doing all the talking? Not Buffalo!

  4. They’re selling tickets for Cincinnati v KC so he’s wrong. When did Bengals nation become so delicate?

  5. Respected Mixon when he just played and kept his mouth shut. Bengals are becoming the new mouthy Cowboys. Win like the Bills and Chiefs and remain humble….just a suggestion.

  6. I don’t remember any Bengals or Mixon being so vocal about fairness when the canceled BUF-CIN game handed them the AFC North title over the Ravens

  7. Mixon clearly doesn’t know how it works. His fans probably started buying potential playoff tickets 5-6 weeks ago in the event they had home games

    AFC Championship is only 10 days away…

  8. Does this team ever shut up? It’s always the loser organizations that can’t stop talking. Thankfully we’ll never have to hear from them again after Buffalo works them over.

  9. I’m hoping there isn’t a Bills-Chiefs matchup simply so we can stop talking about this ridiculousness.

  10. Since there’s a week off between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, the conference championships should be played in Europe in the future. That would grow the game and bring in a lot more revenue.

  11. I’m just curious why the tickets are going for four times as much as the home games in the other stadiums? Feels like an NFL narrative and money grab.

  12. Pretty sure they are selling AFC champ tickets in Cinci too but wherever ya need to motivate Joe. This guy is pretty east to dislike.

  13. If the Bengals need to use this imaginary “disrespect” to get pumped for this weekend’s game, they don’t belong in this weekend’s game. That’s really weak.

  14. He’s right. I was neutral, but I’m rooting for the Bengals now. The league obviously wants Chiefs-Bills neutral site game. They want to establish precedent and put up for bid the championship games to highest bidding city. Hopefully they won’t be so obvious this week with the one sided officiating.

  15. You just wait, if the Bills Chiefs meet in the AFCCG and it does well with ticket sales, the AFCCG and NFCCG will be played at neutral sites forever moving forward. The NFL has become solely all about the money and most of the fan base under 40 only care about scoring and fantasy stats.

  16. Lots of pro athletes are so insecure that they obsess about being “disrespected” constantly.

  17. Whenever NFL athletes have something to complain about and can’t figure out the right word to use, they always use disrespect. Funny!

  18. It is a pretty dumb thing to be mad about, but they are going to beat Buffalo this weekend anyway, so it doesn’t really matter.

  19. So the Chiefs lost a home game for something they had absolutely no part in, the Bengals had to face the possibility of a coin flip for something they didn’t have a part in and THEY feel like they’re the wronged ones?

  20. Another reason why the game should have never been cancelled. The NFL is just working their way into making sure that they did not lose money for having to cancel the biggest, most watched game of the year. So, they are now selling tickets again. Unless they refunded all the tickets from the cancelled game, I side with Mixon on this one. Thats 100% double dipping on the fans.

  21. Does anyone use their brain? Oh because they are selling tickets in Atlanta youre now pulling for the bengals? Do tell. You wanna know what? They are selling tickets in KC too for KC/Cin. They are also selling ticket in Buffalo for bills/jags. And guess what Cinci has tickets too. So if you wanna be offended or pull against one team or another you need another reason.

  22. Understandably, the league has to sell those tickets in advance. Also understandably, the Bengals know they got shorted and are rightfully ticked off. The league knows the narratives it wants fulfilled. Here’s hoping the Bengals jam a giant wrench in them.

  23. Home field advantage isn’t really an advantage anymore, there are metrics out there to show its diminished importance. And even if it was, I would think a team would pride themselves on going out to be “road warriors.” IMO taking care of business regardless of location is the biggest clapback there is, don’t see it happening for Mixon since his guys needed a 98 yard defensive score to put away the Ravens and he continues to me more interested in running his mouth and not the ball.

  24. emac11 says:
    January 19, 2023 at 7:13 am
    I haven’t heard anyone explain why this week’s Bengals-Bills game isn’t at a neutral site or a coin flip decision for home field advantage. I just want someone to address the reasoning for it because I can’t figure it out.

    This is punishment for Bengals for refusing to play the game. They did not want to punish Bills because of the hurt player. But They can punish the other team

  25. Hey Joe, how about doing your talking on the field.
    The way you have been playing is probley why they are already selling tickets!
    You did all you could to help the Ravens win last week.
    Less talky more yards and better blocky!

  26. @wintercoates87 says:
    January 19, 2023 at 8:45 am
    You just wait, if the Bills Chiefs meet in the AFCCG and it does well with ticket sales, the AFCCG and NFCCG will be played at neutral sites forever moving forward. The NFL has become solely all about the money and most of the fan base under 40 only care about scoring and fantasy stats.
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    If true, it will be my last of 24 years of being a season ticket owner.

  27. Mixon is probably playing his last season in a Bengals uniform. He has the 3rd highest cap hit on the team and if they cut him after June 1 they save $10M. Perine (free agent unfortunately) can do everything he can do, plus pass protect 1000 times better. I think Joe’s a fiery leader out there, but other than maybe 2 games this year, I haven’t seen anything that makes me think he should continue to be the lead back on this team.

  28. I think fairness says the Bengals-Bills game should be at a Neutral site. It’s obvious that the league isn’t concerned with fairness in the situation and I the Bengals seemed to have gotten the worst of all of that. I also think if you want to be a SB contender, you have to win the game wherever it’s going to be played. Stop worrying about it and just go play football.

  29. Bengals fan here. Come on Joe, educate yourself on how sales of playoff tickets work before commenting on it. There is ZERO disrespect in selling tickets to a POTENTIAL AFC Championship game. Every team does it. You can’t wait until you find out who is going to be in the game before you begin to sell tickets.

    It’s time to just focus on the game in Buffalo Sunday. All the other stuff is irrelevant.

  30. Bengals are disrespected. They won the afc yet are talked about like a second tier team. Always KC Buff and then Cincinnati. Media has created a monster, no matter how many times they beat Patty people still wont believe their eyes. Bengals are much better than Buff or KC.

  31. @wintercoates87 says:
    January 19, 2023 at 8:45 am
    You just wait, if the Bills Chiefs meet in the AFCCG and it does well with ticket sales, the AFCCG and NFCCG will be played at neutral sites forever moving forward. The NFL has become solely all about the money and most of the fan base under 40 only care about scoring and fantasy stats.
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    Because a run-of-the-mill home championship game doesn’t do well with ticket sales?

  32. Get back to preparations for Buffalo, Joe. Let the team do the talking with their play. How bout focus on getting 150 yards combined rushing and receiving this week and let the resulting W speak for itself. Let’s see some swagger on the field instead of lip flapping off of it.

    Who-Dey!

  33. deweycheatumandhow says:
    January 19, 2023 at 7:42 am

    I don’t remember any Bengals or Mixon being so vocal about fairness when the canceled BUF-CIN game handed them the AFC North title over the Ravens
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    The AFC North wasn’t “handed” to the Bengals. They won more games than Baltimore, and even if the Bengals/Bills game was finished and Cinci lost, they would still have more wins than Baltimore. You do know how teams win divisions, right? By winning more games than the other teams in the division. It’s really that simple.

  34. I’m getting really tired of Bengals fan saying stuff like this everywhere and now the players too? They’re selling every possible combination of both Conference Championship games already. Just stop being so damn sensitive

  35. OMG since the Bengals have started winning (although still no Super Bowl) them and their fans Egos have gone off the charts. It’s either boo hoo us or in your face no body can beat us. They are the spoiled brats of the NFL and the other sibling teams just can’t stand.

  36. So… Here’s the thing, they AREN’T SELLING AFCCG tickets in Cincinnati, yet.

    The sell date is TBD… So, the logic that it takes more than a week to sell out a venue is blatantly false.

    The NFL chose to put those tickets up for sale (at an insane markup) in Atlanta, while not allowing the Bengals to sell their tickets.

    Additionally,the Bills have tickets for sale for a potential AFCCG.

  37. mikefloreo says:
    January 19, 2023 at 8:35 am
    I’m just curious why the tickets are going for four times as much as the home games in the other stadiums? Feels like an NFL narrative and money grab.

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    They aren’t. Tickets in a comparable section to my Bills season tickets were a comparable price to what I’d be charged if we play the Jags at home.

  38. Pro athletes toss around the word “disrespectful “ the same way “certain” people throw around the word “hoax”.

  39. I’d understand it being disrespectful if this was singularly the case. You can buy Arrowhead conference championship tickets as well. Just saying… Seems like a way to provoke emotion. The division that’s come out of what was a truly terrifying incident is sad.

  40. jarbag says:
    January 19, 2023 at 9:41 am
    deweycheatumandhow says:
    January 19, 2023 at 7:42 am

    I don’t remember any Bengals or Mixon being so vocal about fairness when the canceled BUF-CIN game handed them the AFC North title over the Ravens
    ————————————————————

    The AFC North wasn’t “handed” to the Bengals. They won more games than Baltimore, and even if the Bengals/Bills game was finished and Cinci lost, they would still have more wins than Baltimore. You do know how teams win divisions, right? By winning more games than the other teams in the division. It’s really that simple.
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    Actually, at the time, the cancellation of that game did hand the Bengals the division. Cancelling the game ensured the Ravens could not catch them. This is why they instituted the coin flip. Because IF the Bengals would have lost their season finale, the Ravens could have caught their record (and won the division by way of 2 wins of the Bengals). But the Ravens resting starters and Bengals beating them in the finale made the coin flip moot. Maths are hard.

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