Originally Posted by dougdirt
The problem is that Cincinnati is a small town and sitting at home is generally much better than going to the game. Everyone (or nearly everyone) has a 40+ inch Full HD television to watch the game on, drinks are cheap, you can hang out with your buddies, follow your fantasy team much easier and sit inside and not deal with the weather. Oh, and save about $100 after you buy a ticket, pay for parking and grab a beverage and a hot dog. Unlike the Reds who can draw from a larger market, the Bengals aren't bringing in fans from Indianapolis or Columbus. Oh, and the Bengals have no playoff wins in the last 21 years in a sports town who knows nothing but let downs for the last 21 years (re: most of the actual fans lives).
Some of these points hold water but others don't. Again, franchises like the Chiefs, Bills and Browns have worse - WORSE - playoff records the past two decades but don't have any problems selling out. And those markets are similar to Cincinnati or smaller.
Plus, unlike KC, which is relatively isolated, Cincinnati can draw from Dayton, Lexington, Louisville, elsewhere. Even take Columbus and Indy out of the equation, there should be more than enough people in the 2.2 million Greater Cincinnati metro, the Dayton metro, the Lexington and Louisville metros and some stragglers from Columbus and elsewhere to sell out a relatively small NFL stadium. Let's face it: PBS isn't exactly Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
Finally, they don't have "40+ inch full HD televisions" in every other city?
Fact is, this isn't a Bengals thing as much as some people like to assume it is. This city barely turns out for anything, as evidenced by mediocre attendance for a very good Reds team (as we all know well) and nearly non-existent attendance for some very good UC teams.
Nothing moves the radar around here. It's a bad sports town.