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08:03 AM ET 12.26 | No matter the threat their team may make the playoffs -- for the second time in three seasons -- Bengals fans aren't packing Paul Brown Stadium, which holds more than 65,000. The announced crowd for Saturday's 23-16 win against Arizona was 41,273. ... It's the third time this season the announced crowd has been less than 42,000, with the crowd of 41,142 for the Buffalo game on Oct. 2 being the smallest crowd in PBS regular-season history. In an attempt to make sure the same thing doesn't happen for the regular-season finale against Baltimore, players turned into salesmen after Saturday's game and the team announced that it is offering a two-for-one ticket purchasing deal for season-ticket holders.

Cincinnati Enquirer

Andy Dalton, Icon Sports Andy Dalton, Icon Sports
December 26, 2011  08:18 AM ET

Maybe this is more a reflection on the ownership than the team. Even Bungles fans know how much Mike Brown sux.

December 26, 2011  08:35 AM ET

And we lost our team? We showed up, sold out the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium every week and that pos took our team to Baltimore? I do hope the Bengals win and get in even as a Browns fan.

December 26, 2011  08:37 AM ET

Move the team to a place where the fans will support it. This is a playoff bound team with an exciting nucleus of young players who deserve better fan support.

December 26, 2011  08:43 AM ET
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Move the team to a place where the fans will support it. This is a playoff bound team with an exciting nucleus of young players who deserve better fan support.

Moving the team wouldn't accomplish a damn thing if the owner stayed the same.

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December 26, 2011  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Move the team to a place where the fans will support it. This is a playoff bound team with an exciting nucleus of young players who deserve better fan support.

I would never hope any city loses their team, even the ones I despise.

December 26, 2011  09:29 AM ET

I thought Indy had more of an issue with small crowds than did Cinci.

December 26, 2011  09:33 AM ET

I agree, move the team, and get rid of those ugly uniforms.

December 26, 2011  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Move the team to a place where the fans will support it. This is a playoff bound team with an exciting nucleus of young players who deserve better fan support.

The team has screwed the taxpayers with the price EVERYONE is paying for the stadium. The ownership is as bad as it can be. Mike Brown makes Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones look like wonderful folks. Absolutely no one should show up one week to underline the mess Brown has made of a pro franchise that a 2 year old could run better than he does. Put me down as undecided.

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December 26, 2011  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Maybe this is more a reflection on the ownership than the team. Even Bungles fans know how much Mike Brown sux.

I think Bengals fans have gotten used to the "routine" of the last 20 or so years... mix in a "better than we have the right to expect" season every six or seven years, and then have it end poorly. If the Bengals can piece together consecutive winning season, maybe the team won't have to worry about filling the seats.

December 26, 2011  10:25 AM ET
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my best friend's aunt makes $70/hr on the laptop. She has been out of work for 6 months but last month her check was $8183 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read this site NuttyRich.c??m

So tell her to buy a ticket and go to the game. she can take her laptop with her.

December 26, 2011  10:30 AM ET
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So tell her to buy a ticket and go to the game. she can take her laptop with her.

She'll need a plane ticket from New Delhi too.

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December 26, 2011  10:57 AM ET
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Moving the team wouldn't accomplish a damn thing if the owner stayed the same.

Agreed

December 26, 2011  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The team has screwed the taxpayers with the price EVERYONE is paying for the stadium. The ownership is as bad as it can be. Mike Brown makes Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones look like wonderful folks. Absolutely no one should show up one week to underline the mess Brown has made of a pro franchise that a 2 year old could run better than he does. Put me down as undecided.

I'd say 98% of the football fans really don't understand how sweet the deal is that Mike Brown got with this new stadium. I'll also go out on a limb and say that if they went on line and read the deal 98% would want to puke. Mike Brown has no incentive to do the right thing by the fans or the players while this deal is in place. While I feel bad for the players that most of their games get blacked out I won't bash the fans for not showing up. Who wants to keep watching Thug Life play out on the field with their hard earned money. It's just too bad low ticket sales will never affect Browns pocket.

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December 26, 2011  12:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Maybe this is more a reflection on the ownership than the team. Even Bungles fans know how much Mike Brown sux.

Maybe it is a reflection of the economy of Cincinnati. Maybe people are saying to themselves should I pay the mortgage, max out my credit card, take back the Christmas presents, or go to the game? What is more important to me, keeping my family in a warm sheltered place and providing them with food and clothing, or supporting millionaires and billionaires that pay a lesser percentage on their income taxes than i do.

December 26, 2011  12:43 PM ET
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And we lost our team? We showed up, sold out the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium every week and that pos took our team to Baltimore? I do hope the Bengals win and get in even as a Browns fan.

If you want an interesting read Google the 2011 attendance totals for each team. The Browns rank 18th, Steelers are 21 and the Bengals are dead last!

Its pretty sad because they have some good talent on that team but the owners have made more bad moves than good and this has burned their fans more than once!!!

My son is a Bengals fan so I am taking him and my nephew to the game next week to support the Bengals, and I'm a Browns fan! The way I see it, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Go Bengals

 
December 26, 2011  12:47 PM ET
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Maybe it is a reflection of the economy of Cincinnati. Maybe people are saying to themselves should I pay the mortgage, max out my credit card, take back the Christmas presents, or go to the game? What is more important to me, keeping my family in a warm sheltered place and providing them with food and clothing, or supporting millionaires and billionaires that pay a lesser percentage on their income taxes than i do.

Good call! If the Bengals really wanted to sell out the game next week they should sell all seats for half their face value and give half off food and pop! This would fill the stands and be a very good gesture of Good Will to the people who pay Mike Browns salary.

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