Originally Posted by Yachtzee
If I'm going to a NFL game, I'm going to see football. If I want to see impressive graphics, I'll take the kids to see Wreck It Ralph. I've been a Bengals fan since the 1970s, so I've seen some good football and some bad football. Right now the Bengals seem to be headed in the right direction and it seems like the Brown family members have deferred to the coaching staff for player decisions. At least now I have hope that the Bengals will do well. Complaining about the scoreboard graphics and the halftime show seems silly. Last time I was at a Browns-Bengals game they just had kids play peewee football at halftime and in Pittsburgh the most interesting thing was the pair of stupid Heinz ketchup bottles that tilted and poured ketchup on the scoreboard when the Steelers entered the Heinz Red Zone. The Bengals don't still use those embarrasing Bootsie Collins videos, do they.
I will agree with Bob Sheed and Todd Gack to a point. While you may not personally care about the amenities, the Bengals lack of amenities is most likely not due to careful consideration about how to make the fan's game day experience as positive as possible.
While the football's the thing that matters most, when an organization is serious about making the fan's experience as positive as possible(outside of the game competition) they tend to also be good at the on-field experience.
It's not as if enhancing every aspect of the fan's game day experience will take away attention from the on-field product.
That said, I don't think it's fair to whitewash the Red's efforts as going up against the Yankees and Red Sox or denigrate the Bengals' efforts in an "Everyone gets a chance" NFL. The quality of actual opponents plays a role.
The Reds may be decided underdogs if they played in the AL East, but in the NL Central, they've had the ability to put payroll close to their competitors, and the top spending team has decades of futility in doing it.
And while the Bengals may have the same chance as everyone else in terms of payroll, the fact of the matter is that even with the best EFFORTS, the fact that the Steelers and Ravens have been so good has limited opportunities at success compared to if they played in say the AFC West. And even with that, the Bengals have won a division twice and made the playoffs two more times in the last 10 years.