Teams have until this tomorrow (Sunday, July 15th) to make a decision on the new blackout policy. So far Tampa Bay is the only team that has chosen to use this to avoid blackouts in there local area, and they chose to utilize the entire 15% allowed. Up to this point the Colts, Chargers, Bills Titans, and even the tarp using Jaguars have openly said they will NOT use the policy to avoid blackouts for there fans. Colts owner Jim Irsay did it in a rather hilarious way. This had me curious enough to ask the Cincinnati Enquirer beat writer Joe Reedy what he thought the Bengals would do.
@JC_Shively not the full 15 percent. Highest I could see them going is 8-10%. Still have my doubts.— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) July 12, 2012
I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bengals opt to not use this to there advantage. We do have some very popular teams on the Schedule this year and if they sell anything over the percentage they choose before the beginning of the season. That is more money to the visiting team. This should be interesting to watch unfold. Although blackouts for the most part are a thing of the past for the rest of the NFL, recently they've been pretty common in Cincinnati. I suspect this is a situation they have to be very gentle with. They were just blasted for being cheap and not caring enough about their fans. If they choose not use this policy, I think the media, WDR, and many already cynical fans are going to have a field day with them.... Again...
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