Bengals sell out streak ends; Sunday's game is blacked out
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Bengals ticket office has officially announced that Sunday's game is not a sell out, and will not be shown on local TV.
NFL policy states that games must be sold out 72 hours in advance of kickoff to be televised locally. The sellout deadline was at 1 p.m. Thursday. The NFL did not grant an extension.
The game will also not be televised in Dayton and Lexington, Ky. The Columbus market opted to show the Browns-Jaguars game.
Sunday's game against Buffalo is the first Bengals game not to sell out for local TV since Nov. 9, 2003, ending a franchise-record streak of 57 straight sellouts at Paul Brown Stadium in regular season and postseason play.
In the Bengals home market only, there will be a 72-hour period during which there will be no charge for fans to access a replay of the Buffalo game broadcast on NFL.com. During the 72-hour period, fans in the Bengals home market will see an "NFL Game Rewind" tab or banner on the home page of NFL.com.
The window for free viewing will begin at midnight on Sunday (Monday morning) and will run through midnight Wednesday (Thursday morning). The only time during that period in which the replay will not be available will be during the ESPN Monday Night Football telecast on Nov. 22.
The team released the following statement: "We want to thank our fans for backing the Bengals during a record, seven-year streak of sellouts that has covered many memorable games and two division titles. The Bengals' fan base has been a strong one for all 43 of our seasons, and we deeply appreciate their support and the great home-field advantage they give us. We are sorry the streak won't continue this week, but we have great fans who make every home game exciting, and we look forward to another enthusiastic crowd for our game against the Bills this Sunday."