A team that is playing to grab a playoff berth — especially one that was universally expected to be the worst in the game this year — ought to be generating a ton of interest, right? And the Bengals are. TV ratings, radio ratings, and internet traffic for the team are all at high levels.
Ticket sales, however, are in the crapper.
As the Bengals play their 7th home game, looking to extend their season beyond Jan. 1, expectations are that PBS will be about half full on Saturday. “The Jungle” will be more like “the lonesome prairie.”
Plenty of people have speculated on the macro level why this is happening. I’m not interested in that. It is useless because different people choose to not go for different reasons. I want to hear your reason(s) for not going down to PBS… and what it would take to get you down there again.
- “It’s the holidays. Since I’d like to get some in 2012, I’ll be at the in-laws, hangin’ with Cousin Eddie.”
- “I’d deal with a nosebleed or two, but what they want for those sections is **** stupid.”
- “I refuse to give any money to Mike Brown. I’m not going to a game until he’s dead.”
- “I want to go, but the wife gets mad when they shut off the electricity.”
- “The live experience just isn’t worth the price.”
- “The beer is too expensive and the concessions suck.”
- “I prefer the convenience of watching at home… legally or otherwise.”
- “I’m not paying money to watch them break my heart. Again.”
- “I’d rather not spend four hours around drunks being idiots and spilling beer on my clothes.”
- “Call me when/if they actually win a playoff game.”
I’m sure I missed some of you, so add to the list. Bonus points for sarcasm.