The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Thursday that their game against the New York Giants will be blacked out in local markets on Sunday. They opted not to take advantage of a new NFL rule that allows teams to reduce their minimum percentage of non-premium ticket sales as low as 85%. They also opted not to buy the remaining tickets at 34 cents to the dollar in order to avoid said blackout.
For most other markets, the game will still air on FOX beginning at 1:00 PM EST. To check whether or not the game is in your market, you can visit The 506.
This will mark the first time the Bengals have been blacked out this season, and the first time the local market has been blacked out since Dec. 24, 2011, against the Arizona Cardinals.
"They’ve really come out and were loud, and it’s had an effect," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said of the fans. "Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten it done for them, and that’s the disappointing thing."
The team was allegedly "several thousand tickets" short of a sellout.
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