Photo of Cedric Benson and other Cincinnati Bengals players before a home game at Paul Brown Stadium.

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It was a much better year for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals than what many of their fans had anticipated. With a severe lack of experienced veteran players, the Bengals still made it to the NFL playoffs for only the third time in two decades.

I attended three games at Paul Brown Stadium this season and it is safe to say the stadium atmosphere is tame at best. Many home games were blacked out on local television. The upper level was almost completely empty for a number of games. And if you're a Bengals fan in the Cincinnati-Lexington-Dayton region, guess what? You won. Mike Brown noticed your absence because it hit him right in his wallet. The organization has just announced the upper level seating has gone from $60 per ticket to $40 per ticket - a 33% decrease in price. Will this help the attendance? I certainly think so. The economy is bad and many of the rowdiest NFL fans have been priced out of the market. When I say rowdy, I mean middle class and below. As Colin Cowherd once said, "You've got two types of sports fans; career guy and job guy. Job guy is the one you want in your stadium, he's a nut bag and has nothing to lose." Who doesn't enjoy cheaper tickets?

We've been here before, however. You couldn't give Cincinnati Bengals tickets away when former Bengals players Jeff Blake and Carl Pickens took the field during the 1990's. It was only a matter of time before the squad began to show promise and the fair weather fans once again swarmed Paul Brown Stadium. Ticket prices rose and now they have dropped. Don't count on the public perception of Bengals owner Mike Brown to change anytime soon, though.


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