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Friday, September 07, 2007

No blackout

The Vikings' home opener Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons won't be blacked out locally.

KMSP-9 announced on its website that it had agreed to purchase "the necessary amount of remaining tickets" to avoid the blackout and that the station and the Vikings would donate the tickets to local charities.

The team had 1,200 tickets to sell as of this morning. KMSP-9 will televise the game beginning at noon.

The game has been designated as Heroes Day by the Vikings, who had previously announced plans to donate 1,100 tickets to families of the victims, rescue/relief workers and those injured in the I-35W bridge collapse.

"This was a team effort by our fans, our local broadcast partner ... and other corporate programs," Vikings vice president of sales and marketing Steve LaCroix said in a team statement announcing the sellout. "In addition, we also have the privilege of donating tickets to our heroes who will be honored at Sunday's game. As a result of the sellout, not only will we have the home-field advantage that our loud and passionate fans provide, but we're also thrilled that Vikings fans will be able to watch the game on local television."

The NFL announced Thursday that it had extended the normal 72-hour deadline until 2 p.m. today.

This will be the 97th consecutive home sellout for the Vikings, including playoffs and exhibition games.


Blogger CDR DUDE said...

Giving 1100 tickets away.
Begging the NFL for a deadline extension.
Getting a corporate bailout to get only 62 thousand in the Metrodome, the 28th in NFL seating capacity.
How many more times will this occur this season?
As the vikings continue as the lowest revenue team in the NFL, one wonders when they will leave like the Lakers and the North Stars.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Andrew E. said...

It's not really a bailout as much as it is in the station's interest to broadcast the games. They lose all of their commercial revenue if the game is blacked out.

That said, your general point is valid. I have seasons' tickets in the 11th row of the upper level and the closest I came to finding a taker was a guy offering $10 bucks per ticket, when the face value is $50. I live in Calgary, so it's not exactly a short commute for me to make homegames, and it's frustrating not being able to see the non-Packers tickets.

1:59 PM  

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