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Bengals blackout impacting local businesses

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Bengals announced on Tuesday that Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts will be blacked out.  Going back to last season, that makes seven straight home games not sold out.

"With the Bengals losing, and not being televised, it really is no good us or for the fans," said Nadia David, owner of Buffalo Wings and Rings in Fairfield.

David says her business has declined since the Bengals went to the playoffs two years ago. The Bengals' blackouts are also impacting Scotty's Pub in Fairfield.

"We have to do everything we can to bring people in, serve free food," said James Coffman, owner of Scotty's Pub. 

Both restaurants subscribe to NFL ticket, a service that provides all NFL games. But, despite spending thousands of dollars on the service, non-sold out Bengals' games still can't be shown.

"It's absolutely frustrating, not just for me but for our clientele and all the fans in the area," said Coffman.

After Sunday's home game against the Indianapolis Colts, the Bengals have five more home games and many business owners are hoping those are five sell outs.

"We are losing the fan base and we're losing business because of it," said David.

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