Bengals need fans to step up to avoid blackout


Nov 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals middle linebacker Rey Maualuga (58) is congratulated by fans at the end of the game against the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Giants 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

It has been duly noted that the NFL’s 34 cent rule may not apply to the NFL playoffs. Basically, the rule states that the owner of a team can purchase the remaining non-premium, non-solo tickets at 34 cents to the dollar to avoid a blackout.

So with thousands upon thousands of ticket remaining, what are the Bengals to do? Well they can beg for an extension tomorrow, which they will most likely receive, and try again, or players and businesses could try to buy some of the tickets. If the non-premium or non-single seat tickets do not sell, the game will blacked out!

But do you know what it comes down to? It comes down to the fans. There are at minimum 2 million people in Cincinnati, and if Paul Brown Stadium hold 63,000 people, only 1/3 of the people in the Cincinnati area would need to buy a ticket to sell out the game. And considering companies and players already buy a portion of the tickets, you are down to a lot less than that.

So my question to all of the fans that went to a regular season game and sold all of them out: Why can’t this game get sold out as well?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section.


As for the talk that Chad Johnson says that he will buy the tickets, that is unlikely.