To date, only the Raiders, Dolphins, and Buccaneers have opted to take advantage of the new blackout rule, which allows teams to televise home games in their local markets if as few as 85 percent of the non-premium seats are sold. (All three teams picked the new minimum of ochocinco percent.)
Plenty of teams have said they won’t reduce their minimum obligation below 100 percent. At least one team will make its plans known soon.
Vikings spokesman Bob Hagan tells PFT that Minnesota will make an announcement regarding the new blackout rule this week
While the Vikings have a string of sellouts dating back to 1997, the 2012 version of the team could have a hard time selling out the Metrodome, given that the franchise has had a pair of consecutive losing seasons and by all appearances seems to be destined for the basement of the NFC North, given the presence of powerhouses in Green Bay, Chicago, and Detroit.
Complicating matters is that the Vikings have a less-than-stellar slate of home games, with the Jaguars, Titans, Cardinals, and Buccaneers making up half of the Metrodome slate.
Regardless of whether the Vikings stick with 100 percent or pick a lower number, they need to ensure that the home games will be televised locally. It would be horrible form to allow the games to be blacked out after the public helped snapped the politicians out of a decade-long malaise regarding the construction of a new stadium.