The Bengals are 2-11-1. At this point, going to games is more of a chore than entertainment. So instead of selling or giving away your tickets (since these people will probably buy food/beer at the game and contribute to the oppressor, violating the boycott), WDR has partnered with Lighthouse Youth Services.
Lighthouse works with underprivileged youth and families from Southeastern Ohio. No matter how terrible Mike Brown's Bengals are, these kids will rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to attend an NFL game. Please donate your tickets for the Chiefs game on 12/28 to Lighthouse so these kids will have the opportunity to see a live NFL game.
In addition to the goodwill of helping these kids and avoiding the inevitable heartburn that results from watching any Bengals game, this plan will hurt Mike Brown's profit. Kids don't eat cotton candies like most adult fans cannonball beers at the game. And remember that the game is a sellout (so he has his money from tickets), the game will be on local TV and beer is much cheaper at home.
Donating the tickets is also a tax-write off for the value of the tickets. As a tax expert told us, "As long as you itemize your taxes, the tickets would be deductible. If you do itemize your taxes, it is likely the deduction would be your cost basis." (i.e., the price you paid for the tickets originally or face value).
In addition, this will prevent non-Bengals fans (or the casual, not-every-game Bengals fans) from buying the tickets and spending money at the game.
And if Mikey Boy wants to recoup that beer money, he can make fans want to go to the game as opposed to his current method of making fans feel like they have to go to the game because they bought the season tickets when they thought the Bengals might not be 2-11-1 back in June.
Already have plans for the December 28th Kansas City game? Then donate your tickets for the Washington Redskins game on December 14th, or the Baltimore Ravens game on November 30th. Wouldn’t this make a fantastic Christmas present to a kid who might not have a Christmas present?
If you are planning on donating your tickets, Lighthouse has asked us to get as many tickets together as possible. Why? The more the seats are together, the less chaperones will be needed and the more kids will get to go. So, PLEASE talk to your neighbors at the game this Sunday and on the 14th about also donating their tickets. WDR will be making a flyer that you can print out and hand out to the fans in seats around you and posting it later this week
If you send in your tickets, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep a running tally of the number of tickets donated. We are currently planning a "Thank You" event for all fans who donate their tickets so we can all get together, watch the game, eat and drink and have $0.00 of the proceeds benefit Mike Brown.
Here is the information of where to mail your tickets:
Lighthouse Youth Services
President, Chief Executive Officer
1501 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Telephone: (513) 221-3350
Toll Free: 1-800-474-4138
Not a season ticket holder, but want to be a part of Task #4? Lighthouse Youth Services has a program where you can "adopt" a family and buy them holiday presents. Please either use the money you were going to spend at the game on adopting a family for the holidays, or send along a donation regardless of your season ticket status. For more information, go to www.lys.org.