The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Wednesday that their single-game ticket supply for home games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys have been exhausted. There are still limited seating available for those games through ticket packs and season tickets, so it's not a sellout -- though it probably will be.
This could have another impact.
Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer made a good point saying that with the way that tickets are selling and the team's statement, it doesn't appear that the Bengals will reduce their ticket threshold, taking advantage of the relaxed blackout rules based on reduced capacity.
With today’s ticket announcement, it also appears that the Bengals will join a number of teams who will not reduce their capacity to avoid blackouts. The only team that has taken advantage of the new rule is Tampa Bay, which has had only one sellout at home the past two seasons. I didn’t think the Bengals would go for the full 15 percent but thought that they might go in the 6-10 percent range. I don’t even think that will happen now.
This is rather encouraging though. With the rate tickets are selling this offseason, there might not be any need to reduce capacity to prevent a local blackout. According to Bengals Ticket Sales Manager, Andrew Brown,