So I did a check on ticketmaster this morning, under the "best 2 seats available" option, I was kicked into the lowest ticket option, which means they're making significant progress. It sounded like the Bengals believed they'd get a 1 day extension on the black out rule due to the New Year's holiday (similar to the Colts, though the colts had to sell out by yesterday originally).
All that aside, I thought Lance McCallister had an interesting point on his blog the other day; one apparently he made on his show so if you don't read his blog, you may have heard him discuss it on air. At any rate, his point was with the struggles to sell out in Indy (last I saw was 6,000 short a few days ago) and Green Bay (last I saw was 11,000 short yesterday) as well as the Bengals being 8,000 short as of yesterday evening that its clearly not a "fan base" or "team" problem, its an NFL problem. The NFL has dictated the price of tickets, and have given the teams no leeway in altering prices like they can during the regular season. By the time you pay parking, ticket fees and the tickets themselves, you're setting yourself back $200+ for 2 people for one of the worst seats in the house. With Christmas, Chaunaka (sp?), New Years and what not, on top of the economy in general, that prices a lot of people out of the market. The spot that was "best available" as of this morning, is normally $50 a game regular season. Is a playoff game really worth double the price of the regular season ticket? Is it worth sitting in the cold, potentially snowy weather? For some, obviously its well worth the cost of admission, however its obvious w/ the situation in Green Bay, Indy and Cincy that for many, that's just too steep a price to pay.