Bengals Avoid Blackout

After being in danger of their first blackout in 51 home games, the Bengals used a league extension to sell enough tickets for the game to be televised in Cincinnati.

In a press release the Bengals credited Channel 12 and Motorola for helping secure a sellout in the final Paul Brown Stadium regular-season game of the season that makes it six straight years of a sold-out home slate.  But even though it is sold out, there are still tickets available through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or by visiting  If tickets remain available on Sunday, they will be available at the PBS ticket windows.

The Chiefs began the Bengals’ franchise-record sellout streak on Nov. 16, 2003 when they brought a 9-0 record into PBS and left with a 24-19 loss.

I am still amazed that a team about to clinch a division title even had to talk about an extension in order to sell out.  I’m not blind to the problems in the economy, but when a team is winning fans show up, no matter the outside circumstances.  Once the Chiefs turn things around the games will be a league sell out before preseason is over and close to a true sell out every game day.

Kansas City fans have traveled better than expected this season and hopefully that will continue Sunday as the Bengals try to punch their ticket to the playoffs.

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