If you were a Bengals fan last year who didn’t attend home games on a regular basis, chances are, you were stuck without any way to watch the boys in stripes playing on NFL Sunday. All but two of the Bengals homes games last year were blacked out after the team failed to sellout those games, despite having a team who wound up being a playoff team.
Consistently selling out Bengals games in the city ofCincinnatiwill prove to be very difficult going forward, given how badly the falling economy has affectedCincinnati, as well as a fan base that is still skeptical the team can ever win consistently with Mike Brown at the helm.
Bengals fans may now be getting a little reprieve as the NFL has announced they’re now giving NFL teams the flexibility to avoid television blackouts by allowing games to be broadcast in their local markets with a minimum of 85% of tickets sold:
Eric Grubman, the NFL’s executive vice president of ventures and business operations had these comments:
The at-home experience has gotten better and cheaper, while the in-stadium experience feels like it hasn’t. That’s a trend that we’ve got to do something about.
The Bengals are already selling tickets in two and four game ticket packs”, and with this latest news, Bengals fans will now hopefully be able to view all of their home games on the ol’ tube this season.
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