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More Bengals games could be on TV this year
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The Bengals announce they are changing their policy to allow home games to be broadcast on local tv stations, including Local 12, when sales hit 85 percent.
The NFL offered the relaxed TV blackout rule in 2012 but the Bengals passed. The team didn't say what was behind the change for this year. "The thought process is simple -- we want the games sold out for local TV so as many fans as possible can watch," said Andrew Brown, Bengals director of ticket sales. "Having games on TV locally does not benefit the club financially, but it's in the best interest of the fan base, and we believe it's in the club's best interest as well to make local broadcasts more achievable."
Teams can't pick and choose which games are impacted by the blackout rule, so the 85 percent rule will be in effect for all eight home games.
The 85 percent rule only affects non-premium tickets at Paul Brown Stadium. Club and suite seats are not factored in. The full PBS capacity of 55,449 for non-premium seats will be remain available for sale. If sales go beyond 85 percent, then the Bengals get a decreased share of revenue.
The Bengals say the strongest ticket sales so far are for the game vs Pittsburgh on December 7 and for Denver on Monday night, December 22. the home opener is against the Falcons on September 14. There are plenty of tickets available for that game.
The Bengals home market covers Cincinnati, Dayton and Lexington, Kentucky.