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Vikings tell season-ticket holders to pay up now

Zygi WIlf, Leslie Frazier AP

We don’t know yet when the Minnesota Vikings’ stadium will be ready to go for 2011, and we don’t even know when the NFL as a whole will be ready to go for 2011. But we do know when the Vikings want their fans to pay up for season tickets: Now.

Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Vikings want payments in advance even if the NFL enters a work stoppage, even though it’s not clear whether the home schedule will start at the Metrodome or at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium, and even though it’s possible that a work stoppage will cause games in 2011 to be canceled.

The Vikings sent a letter to season-ticket holders informing them that the first payment is due on February 23. In a curious way to spin a disappointing 2010, the letter referred to the season as “one of the most eventful, yet unexpected seasons in our 50-year history.”

One piece of good news: The letter informed fans that ticket prices won’t be going up. The Vikings also say that tickets will be refunded if games are canceled.

The letter also features a statement that looks like an attempt to break the NFL record for most cliches in one paragraph: “We resolve to run around, through and over any team that stands in our way. To play every down like it’s 4th and inches. To feed the hot hand and feed off of the roar of the 12th man. To never let Sunday be a day of rest for our opponents. To keep our eyes and our hearts on the prize. To always remember we’re playing for the greatest fans in the world.”

And that’s how the Vikings will try to get the fans fired up about forking over their money.

UPDATE: The statement was initially reported as a quote from Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. We’ve now been told that the statement came from the team but not from Frazier.

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  1. cobaltdriver says: Feb 10, 2011 11:42 AM

    Brilliant!

  2. emperorzero says: Feb 10, 2011 11:42 AM

    So if they play every down like it’s “4th and inches,” does that mean they plan to punt a lot?

  3. ruvelligwebuike says: Feb 10, 2011 11:44 AM

    “To always remember we’re playing for the greatest fans in the world.”
    ————-

    Nice one, Les, now they know you’re full of crap.

  4. geeeeemen says: Feb 10, 2011 11:45 AM

    “Greatest fans in the world” is the most overused phrase by players and coaches.

    5,000 teams across the country all have the greatest fans in the world.

  5. bengalsdoucheuno says: Feb 10, 2011 11:45 AM

    Bengals are already doing the same. Why is it news that the Vikings are doing this? We got a bill for our first payment for the Bengals tickets weeks ago and it is due this month. Too bad I’m not giving Mike Brown anymore money for this joke of an organization he’s running.

  6. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Feb 10, 2011 11:45 AM

    They’re going to play every down like it’s 4th and inches? Oh, they’re going back to Chilly’s offense where they run up the middle on every play.

  7. zack233223 says: Feb 10, 2011 11:46 AM

    you goofballs think the Vikings are the ONLY team asking for season ticket money? The Eagles want 50% of theirs by next Friday. Other teams are no different.
    On Showtime’s This Week in the NFL, Collingsworth said the owners would be “hurting for ticket money” starting March 4. What planet is he from ?

  8. richm2256 says: Feb 10, 2011 11:47 AM

    So the Vikings, a team with no real quarterback, which fell completely on its face this past season to the disappointment of millions of fans, a team whose stadium roof collapsed and needs an $18 million replacement with zero years left on its lease, a team with no new stadium currently under construction, and in effect A TEAM WITH NO FREAKING STADIUM TO PLAY IN FOR 2o011 …… they’re actually trying to force fans to pay up EARLY for a season that may not even get played???????

    If Minny fans had an ounce of sense, they’d hijack a bunch of moving trucks and show up to move that sorry bunch of jacka$$es off to L.A. TODAY.

  9. mikebrownmakesmefrown says: Feb 10, 2011 11:48 AM

    LOL @ the Vikings! Sounds like the Vikings have been talking to some individuals from the Bengals front office.

  10. h8dansnyder says: Feb 10, 2011 11:49 AM

    Maybe Leslie should have channeled Lombardi instead.

  11. jc1958coo says: Feb 10, 2011 11:49 AM

    are these owners out of control or is it just me!
    is there a reduced price for no roof! lmao

  12. awdlmd says: Feb 10, 2011 11:49 AM

    If was a Vikings fan I would tell them to get a quarterback and firmly schedule a game (preferably with a venue) then get back to me.

  13. lambeauleaper says: Feb 10, 2011 11:49 AM

    Wow. Let’s see. The Vikings are looking for tax-paying Minnesotans to help pay for a new stadium even though the state is already $6 Billion in debt, the team has no quarterback, it’s perrenial All-Star running back had an “ok” season and is now one year older, the team’s dealing with the Star Caps deal and the Metrodome needs a new $12 M roof?

    It would be tough for any Vikings fan to be optimistic about the upcoming season. Why would the organization impose an early payment for the seaon tickets?

  14. jc1958coo says: Feb 10, 2011 11:50 AM

    maybe zygi needs moving expenses!!! OMFG

  15. vikinghater says: Feb 10, 2011 11:50 AM

    Pay up Prune Heads!!!!

  16. bordner says: Feb 10, 2011 11:51 AM

    “To always remember we’re playing for the greatest fans in the world.”
    ——————————————–
    You can always spot the new guy.

  17. rpiotr01 says: Feb 10, 2011 11:51 AM

    “To play every down like it’s 4th and inches.”

    Remember this quote when, on 3rd and 10 from their own 20 yard line, the Vikings line up in a heavy set and run straight into the line for a gain of 1, and they all pop up celebrating.

  18. bluestree says: Feb 10, 2011 11:51 AM

    Nice pr job.

  19. 3octaveFart says: Feb 10, 2011 11:51 AM

    Better get it in writing that those seats actually exist first.

  20. superalpha says: Feb 10, 2011 11:52 AM

    At this point, shouldn’t the Vikings be paying the fans to show up?

  21. strategerie says: Feb 10, 2011 11:52 AM

    Is it legal to require advance payment for a slate of games that are, right now, not scheduled to even happen?

  22. vikinghater says: Feb 10, 2011 11:53 AM

    Standings
    1/Packers
    2/Bears
    3/Lions
    4/Queens

    No Coach ( To Speak of)
    No Quarterback
    No Stadium
    hmmmmmmmm: LA

  23. mattduchene says: Feb 10, 2011 11:53 AM

    “one of the most eventful, yet unexpected seasons in our 50-year history.”

    Really!? If they are going to say that about last year then why say anything at all? Wanting more money already? I want money back from last year… Brutal season to sit through and don’t even know if the stadium will be ready for next year.

    You want money? Then promise a stadium will be built or show proof that it will…

  24. rdrdrs58 says: Feb 10, 2011 11:55 AM

    I’m an Eagles Season Ticket Holder and we just had our first bill. Our first payment is due by March 8th and the second and final payment by June.

    This is normal.

  25. arnoldziffel says: Feb 10, 2011 11:56 AM

    4th and inches usually calls for a punt.

    This organization is full of crap.

  26. chrisrome731 says: Feb 10, 2011 11:57 AM

    I received my bill from the Eagles for 2011 before the Super Bowl was even played. It basically said the same thing, no price increase, and if the games are cancelled we will recieve a refund (plus interest accruing from the 2nd payment date). The Eagles due date in March 8th. This nothing new, we recieve our invoices around the same time each season.

  27. albanyhawker says: Feb 10, 2011 11:57 AM

    Coach Frasier can expect a tersely worded letter from the attorneys for Texas A&M, who hold the copyright on the term “12th Man”. The Seahawks had to pay up beaucoup dollars to be able to use that phrase.

  28. purpleguy says: Feb 10, 2011 11:57 AM

    So how’s this for timing for Viking season ticket holders? I check my mailbox Tuesday, already ticked because one of my dogs puked, it’s 5 below zero, there’s a picture of a deflated Dome on the front page of the Strib, and I’ve had to live with 2 days worth of unbearable Super Bowl crap from my Packer buddies, and I get the flipping Viking season ticket invoice. Could the Vikings ownership have picked a worse time to do this? Are they getting advice from Dan Snyder? I almost fed the invoice to my dogs so they could puke again. How long till pitchers and catchers report?

  29. kennyrogerschicken says: Feb 10, 2011 11:57 AM

    The “Huge Balls Club” welcomes it’s newest member, the Minnesota Vikings. I’m sure nobody is going to be upset about this.

  30. tombrookshire says: Feb 10, 2011 12:00 PM

    The Dallas debacle shows that it is time for a full out revolve against the greed and blatant disregard for the fan. The league has little regard for us in it’s quest for the almighty buck and dominance of the global sports market. It’s overt, pervasive, and sickening. A little Jackie Chiles there.

  31. 3octaveFart says: Feb 10, 2011 12:03 PM

    strategerie says: Feb 10, 2011 11:52 AM

    “Is it legal to require advance payment for a slate of games that are, right now, not scheduled to even happen?”

    Legal, schmegal.
    We already got away selling seats in the Super Bowl that didn’t exist. Why not sell tickets to games that won’t be played?
    The precedent’s already been established.

  32. watchthisjack says: Feb 10, 2011 12:06 PM

    “To play every down like it’s 4th and inches.”
    So…a bunch of qb sneaks?

  33. deegizzle says: Feb 10, 2011 12:06 PM

    This article is poorly researched. I am sure the entire league is invoicing by now and proceeding in a “business as usual” manner.

    Let’s say a CBA does not get worked out until late August? Do you expect teams from around the league to invoice (for full payment), collect the money, and distribute tickets all within 2 to 3 weeks?

    It is silly to single out the Vikings for this.

  34. idgafkurt says: Feb 10, 2011 12:09 PM

    Will those tickets be good in Los Angeles too?

  35. pftard says: Feb 10, 2011 12:09 PM

    Playing every down like it’s 4th and inches, doesn’t say much for the running game. I guess they’re looking to lead the league in 3 & outs?

  36. tougie1 says: Feb 10, 2011 12:24 PM

    “To always remember we’re playing for the greatest fans in the world.”

    What was omitted…

    Whether that be here in MN, or in LA.

  37. rcali says: Feb 10, 2011 12:30 PM

    So what if the season get’s shortened to 8 or 10 games starting in October? Guess that means team’s get a nice chunk of change collecting interest till then. Keep buying tickets suckers!

  38. moezilla says: Feb 10, 2011 12:34 PM

    Okay headline junkies, I know many of you come to PFT, scan the headlines, then scroll down to the comment section and proceed to spew out all the foosball knowledge you can muster…

    Here’s an idea, actually read the remander of the article. It contains valuable info, such as…

    UPDATE: The statement was initially reported as a quote from Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. We’ve now been told that the statement came from the team but not from Frazier

    And to be as naive to think most, if not all of the other NFL teams are looking to collect from their respective ticket holders, remember…

    You can use paint chips as a substitute in a spur of the moment poker game, just not as a tasty midnight snack.

    Write that down.

  39. shrike58 says: Feb 10, 2011 12:35 PM

    There’s a reason why I have come to have mostly contempt for the owners.

    Maybe the players are overpaid; so are these dweebs.

  40. rushbacker says: Feb 10, 2011 12:39 PM

    Probably futile, but I’d love to see the good people of Minnesota tell the team to get bent until the labor situation is resolved.

  41. motorcitydiddy says: Feb 10, 2011 12:49 PM

    “To always remember we’re playing for the greatest fans in the world.”

    No, they’re not in the crowd, they’re in a small room under the stadium. We can accomodate them moving to another section to improve their view of the field but they have to carry a 50lb tray of beer & yell “Bud Light” every 30 seconds.

  42. johnnyb216 says: Feb 10, 2011 1:09 PM

    Ahaha! This just keeps getting better and better!

  43. shaggytoodle says: Feb 10, 2011 1:16 PM

    First they wanted the fans to help shovel out Gopher stadium, now they want to pop the Viking fans for money upfront, my guess is that is going to go for that new roof in the stadium.

    Maybe if they didn’t fork over all that extra money to thier diva QB, they wouldn’t be in such a financial mess.

  44. turbodog1027 says: Feb 10, 2011 1:18 PM

    Los Angeles called. They want their team………NOW

  45. ampats says: Feb 10, 2011 1:21 PM

    Jack Nicholson wants to know which side of the 50 will be his seats at the Coliseum next season?

    Just swap the Rams to the NFC North and the Vikings to the NFC West

  46. carlgerbschmidt says: Feb 10, 2011 1:22 PM

    Newsflash. Your team is terrible! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    It’s now four days after, and I’m still flying high. IT’S GREAT TO BE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!

  47. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Feb 10, 2011 1:31 PM

    UPDATE: The statement was initially reported as a quote from Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. We’ve now been told that the statement came from the team but not from Frazier.

    ——

    Thank goodness. I thought Frazier was channeling former coaches Chilly, Ticey, and Denny in formulating those preposterous statements.

  48. dspohn55 says: Feb 10, 2011 1:37 PM

    Unfortunately this article isn’t surprising in the least. The business model in the NFL, where the fans essentially pay for these stadiums for these billionaires via tax revenue, is woefully broken. Ultimately our love for the NFL was our undoing, enabling these greedy, rich bastards to take us behind the woodshed and get us to pay for things they absolutely should have to themselves.

  49. dkhhuey says: Feb 10, 2011 1:40 PM

    Man you have to love the owners of the NFL teams! You ARE the best fans in the world, which is why we know you will cough up any amount of cash at any time and under any conditions I see fit. You will do whatever I require and if you don’t like it – I will find some other worthless drone with a credit card to fill your seat, regardless of how long your fat ass has occupied it in the history of the team. Now drop and give me 50 for questioning anything I do!!!

  50. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Feb 10, 2011 1:44 PM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Feb 10, 2011 1:22 PM
    Newsflash. Your team is terrible! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    It’s now four days after, and I’m still flying high. IT’S GREAT TO BE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!

    ——–

    Now that’s what I call commitment to a bit.

  51. ninjapleazee says: Feb 10, 2011 1:47 PM

    so do they get a refund once the team moves to L.A.?

  52. sjoyner59 says: Feb 10, 2011 1:52 PM

    I got my Eagles season ticket bill due March 4th…

  53. vikinghater says: Feb 10, 2011 2:14 PM

    Bye the way…….You Queen fans were predicting the Packers falling step by step every game. Glad you were not in Vegas meat heads?????
    GOOO PACK!
    WORLD CHAMPS!!!!

  54. moochzilla says: Feb 10, 2011 2:38 PM

    So the fans can float the owners a loan to tide them over during the lockout.

    This league is becoming the worst of the NBA and MLB at a frightening pace.

  55. moochzilla says: Feb 10, 2011 2:40 PM

    PS – we all seem to look at MLB commissioner Bud Selig and see him for what he is – an unqualified tool of the owners who can be easily led and manipulated to do their bidding.

    Why is that same dynamic not recognized when we all talk about Roger Goodell?

    There is no difference between them.

  56. smoothjimmyapollo says: Feb 10, 2011 2:40 PM

    I could be wrong, but won’t the legislature vote in May on the new stadium? If the vote is in the spring and the stadium doesn’t pass so moving becomes inevitable, then the Vikings at least have their money from season ticket holders for the 2011 season rather than have 25,000 unsold tickets for each game.

  57. riverhorsey says: Feb 10, 2011 2:52 PM

    Vikings peaked last year and are headed to the bottom.

    You can keep the tickets boys.

  58. ted1sheckler says: Feb 10, 2011 3:10 PM

    I’ve never seen a bigger collection of meatheads, outside of Lambeau in my life. This has got to be where the dumbest fans come to get their football news. Richmond and Carl being the leaders. Carl, if you are that happy a sports team won, imagine how high you’ll be flying once you lose your virginity. Rich, you aren’t worth insulting, yet.

  59. shaggytoodle says: Feb 10, 2011 3:15 PM

    Being a Packer fan I am unfamiliar with how this all works, I still have 20+ years to wait before I get the offer of buying tickets.

  60. Robert says: Feb 10, 2011 3:22 PM

    Los Angeles Vikings announcement coming in–

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  61. carlgerbschmidt says: Feb 10, 2011 3:28 PM

    ted1sheckler says:
    Feb 10, 2011 3:10 PM
    I’ve never seen a bigger collection of meatheads, outside of Lambeau in my life. This has got to be where the dumbest fans come to get their football news. Richmond and Carl being the leaders. Carl, if you are that happy a sports team won, imagine how high you’ll be flying once you lose your virginity. Rich, you aren’t worth insulting, yet.

    ——

    Whatever. This is the the time where the best thing for you guys to do is shut up. That’s the best thing and say Carl, you’re the man. Carl, you’re better than everybody else. You are a warrior, a believer, you are the WORLD CHAMPIONS, CARL. Cuz you guys got NOTHING on me! NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING!

    Go Pack!

  62. mbapastor says: Feb 10, 2011 3:30 PM

    So, thanks Ziggy for utilizing the time value of money to your benefit and not to ours. Not the best timing, when you have Jerry down in Dallas getting burned alive by fans for the seats fiasco. You are threatenting to move the team, not contributing more than 1/3 of price of an outdoor standium despite the fact that no generation of Minnesota football has been played outdoors in Dec in nearly 35 years, and finally you haven’t exactly told people WHEN there money would be refunded (which I guarantee you will make next Feb. if no games are played).

    One more thing, tell Lester Bagley to stop acting like he is above everyone. I support the stadium initiative, but please have Lester stop being so condescending to our state which is severely financially strapped. Understand that this stadium will be in another 5 years when the people of MN have forgotten that they are currently being taxed for another stadium.

  63. db105 says: Feb 10, 2011 3:44 PM

    rcali says:
    Feb 10, 2011 12:30 PM
    So what if the season get’s shortened to 8 or 10 games starting in October? Guess that means team’s get a nice chunk of change collecting interest till then. Keep buying tickets suckers!

    ————————————————–
    Some teams like the 49ers are offering 1-3% interest for tickets of canceled games. Might want to do some research before you sound off.

  64. carlgerbschmidt says: Feb 10, 2011 4:24 PM

    carlgerbschmidt says:
    Feb 10, 2011 3:28 PM
    ted1sheckler says:
    Feb 10, 2011 3:10 PM
    I’ve never seen a bigger collection of meatheads, outside of Lambeau in my life. This has got to be where the dumbest fans come to get their football news. Richmond and Carl being the leaders. Carl, if you are that happy a sports team won, imagine how high you’ll be flying once you lose your virginity. Rich, you aren’t worth insulting, yet.
    ——
    Whatever. This is the the time where the best thing for you guys to do is shut up. That’s the best thing and say Carl, you’re the man. Carl, you’re better than everybody else. You are a warrior, a believer, you are the WORLD CHAMPIONS, CARL. Cuz you guys got NOTHING on me! NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING NOTHING!

    Go Pack!

    ———-

    I was just thinking to myself and thought I was kind of hard on Ted, so I wanted to apologize. I feel bad about how I responded. Isn’t football a wonderful, almost magical sort of a thing? I mean isn’t football great? I mean it’s wonderful. To have an awesome weekend like that and how wonderful it is and how incredible it is to have a football team. It just makes you feel good. And, I feel bad about lashing out like that. I mean who’s not in a real good mood right now, I mean everybody is. And, I thought, well hold on. I guess not everybody is in a good mood and there might be some people who aren’t in a very good mood. You know, like the people in Minnesota. I feel kind of bad for you. And now #4 has retired, and you don’t have anything. You have nothing. Your team is terrible. You don’t have a rival like we have. Maybe after the NFL puts a team like in Montana, you can have a rival there or something like that, that would be good for you. Anyway, I think about how cool things are for us. We are the chosen ones, the warriors, the believers, the PACKER fans. It’s amazing how cool that is and then I think about you and how you don’t have anything. You don’t have a rival, you don’t have a stadium (last time I checked). And, your team is terrible, not just kind of bad, but really terrible. But, you know you can root for the Pack if you want. That’s okay. I would advise you to root for the Packers so you can look cool at work or wherever. It’s okay, you can be a warrior, you can be a believer, you can be a chosen member of society. Go Packers!

  65. sonnyandsam says: Feb 10, 2011 4:45 PM

    As others have pointed out….what’s the big deal? Every team in the NFL is asking for season ticket holders to start paying their invoices. Happens this time every year.
    Redskins are asking for our first payment on 3/1 with the final two payments due 4/1 and 5/1.

    Exactly where is the news?

  66. tuckercarlsonisthevoiceofreason says: Feb 10, 2011 4:59 PM

    Now that’s REALLY commitment to a bit, Carl!

  67. goombar2 says: Feb 11, 2011 12:00 AM

    So, as of right now… There’s no where to hold vike games. There’s no starting QB. The Williams wall isn’t going to be around for 4 games. The vikes finished below Detroit and the future in Detroit looks great compared to the vikes. Oh, and there’s no CBA!

    People that send their hard earned money to Ziggy aren’t great fans, they’re suckers!

    Ha ha ha ha! 50 years of loser bowl football, get ready for magic number 51! Ha ha ha!

    Our mentally challenged little brother franchise to the west keeps getting sillier and sillier! 18 people in their ring of fame, one of them is their trainer! Yeah, the guy who over saw the death of Corey Stringer!

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