WDR has been making the rounds with all the heavyweights of Cincinnati media this week, with an appearance earlier tonight on 700 WLW Sportstalk with Paul Daugherty (1/15/09, Hour 1), a Q&A with 1530Homer's C. Trent Rosecrans, discussed at length on Lance McAlister's show, and even a mention on The Bill Cunningham Show (1/15/09, Hour 3, about 21 minutes into the segment).
Why mention all this? Well our latest Project Mayhem task is maybe the most important task to date. The COA argument tonight brought up tonight on Doc's show was valid (we will discuss more in depth later on this week): what about the season ticket holders who are selling their seats to "speculators" who will buy the COA's at a tidy discount? These prospectors are hoping the Bengals 'restore the roar' back to the 8-8 days of 2006...in order to start selling single game tickets at a profit when the stadium sells out again.
WDR's short take? While there are a few ticket brokers out there taking the leap, we have enough inside intel to know that most scalpers don't want anything to do with Bengals COA's right now...and the fact that COA holders MUST BUY THE TICKETS ASSOCIATED WITH THE LICENSE is enough to scare people off until the Bengals show some real progress. Guys...outside of the Steelers or Browns games next season...tickets will still be available on the street for 25% (or worse) of face value. Not that attractive for getting a $300 discount on a seat license.
Bottom line: This is much ado about very little.