The Cincinnati Bengals are currently enjoying a period of success that hasn't happened in their entire franchise history, but are they taking advantage of their fans?
The Bengals finished the 2013 NFL season with a winning record for the third consecutive time, the first time it has happened since the teams inception.
They made the post-season but once again failed at the first hurdle as they crashed to defeat in the wild card round.
Now, secondary ticket market data has shown a very rapid increase in Bengals ticket prices for their upcoming eight games next season.
TiqIQ have reported that the average price of a Bengals ticket at the Paul Brown Stadium in 2014 is $166.02.
It remains one of the lowest home averages in the NFL and is a far cry from the highest average which this year belongs to the Seattle Seahawks with a staggering $444.
However, the Bengals average has leaped up by over $45 and is in fact higher than the price of a single home ticket for Cincinnati last season - their week 11 encounter against the Cleveland Browns which cost $159.07.
Even the Bengals home play-off defeat to the San Diego Chargers had a lower average price of $134.31.
It is the first time in the last three years that the Bengals ticket average has moved by more than 1% after seeing it rise by 40%.
Cincinnati fans should look at it in a positive light though, as they start the season in Baltimore against the Ravens, where the ticket price for that game is $373.60.
Thats the Ravens highest ticket price all season and is still 73.6% higher than the Bengals highest ticket price all season.
Is it enough?
The Bengals have had three winning records in a row whith each one getting better by exactly one (9-7 2011, 10-6 2012 and 11-5 2013).
The Bengals have also failed to get past the wild card weekend three times in a row, losing to the Houston Texans twice and the Chargers in 2013.
Is three play-off games in three years enough to warrant a 40% average ticket increase?
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