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Vikings will announce plans for blackout rule this week

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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.

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  1. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Aug 12, 2012 2:24 PM

    Won’t need it. We sell out games, that’s just what we do. Second best fanbase in the league(besides cleveland).

    Loyalty is measured with losing records multiplied by sell out games. Boom.

  2. musicman495 says: Aug 12, 2012 2:26 PM

    Just as long as the Vikings blackout extends to the rest of the country so the rest of us don’t need to watch, I don’t care.

  3. bennyb82 says: Aug 12, 2012 2:27 PM

    Ochenta y cinco

  4. 1075thefan says: Aug 12, 2012 2:29 PM

    The Packers have a blackout policy: if the game isn’t sold out, just offer tickets to one of the other 90,000 people on the waiting list

  5. undeadjesus says: Aug 12, 2012 2:34 PM

    “…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”

    So Chicago and Detroit are powerhouses now? Hmm…overstatement perhaps?

    8-8 record for the Bears last year hardly makes them a powerhouse, and the Lions having their first good season in what, 20 years?, hardly makes them a powerhouse. Both of those teams have glaring flaws.

  6. mancave001 says: Aug 12, 2012 2:39 PM

    “…seems to be destined for the basement of the NFC North, given the presence of powerhouses in Green Bay, Chicago, and Detroit.”

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    LOL. Chicago and Detroit are POWERHOUSES? Detroit has certainly come a long way, and Barry Soetero-ville isn’t exactly a joke…but powerhouses?

    Of course, next to the 2011-12 Vikings, the 2016 Nittany Lions will look like a powerhouse.

  7. skoobyfl says: Aug 12, 2012 2:47 PM

    Basement dwellers get watched by basement dwellers.

  8. notdemfalcons says: Aug 12, 2012 2:55 PM

    drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says:Aug 12, 2012 2:24 PM

    Won’t need it. We sell out games, that’s just what we do. Second best fanbase in the league(besides cleveland).

    Loyalty is measured with losing records multiplied by sell out games. Boom.
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    Cute, a Vikings fan with a Drew Brees username. Maybe signingfavrewasawasteoftime would be more appropriate?

  9. ieatchickens says: Aug 12, 2012 3:00 PM

    drwbrsdmndsnxplntn, really? second best fan base? Then explain to me why 2-3 games each year get threatened to black out each season? Every year the Vikings scramble on Wednesday before game weekend and sell a couple thousand tickets below face value to one of the corporate sponsors? Many times the radio and TV stations in the Minneapolis area buy these tickets along with Target, Medtronic, General Mills and several other area companies.

  10. jcbadger34 says: Aug 12, 2012 3:02 PM

    The only “powerhouse” in the North is the one that went 6-0 in the division last year, and the only one that has won any Super Bowls in the last 27 years.

  11. FANof28 says: Aug 12, 2012 3:04 PM

    musicman495 says:
    Aug 12, 2012 2:26 PM
    Just as long as the Vikings blackout extends to the rest of the country so the rest of us don’t need to watch, I don’t care.
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    Turns out you have a choice of what to watch. Dont want to see the Vikings? Then don’t flip on to the channel they’re on. Also,given the idea that you can make your own choices, you should choose to not comment on this website anymore. Myself and everyone else appreciate it.Thanks.

  12. jcbadger34 says: Aug 12, 2012 3:45 PM

    ieatchickens says: Aug 12, 2012 3:00 PM

    drwbrsdmndsnxplntn, really? second best fan base? Then explain to me why 2-3 games each year get threatened to black out each season? Every year the Vikings scramble on Wednesday before game weekend and sell a couple thousand tickets below face value to one of the corporate sponsors? Many times the radio and TV stations in the Minneapolis area buy these tickets along with Target, Medtronic, General Mills and several other area companies.
    —————–

    Indeed. When I was living in Minneapolis (through the T-Jack era up until they signed Favre), nearly every week before home games, I’d see players begging fans to buy tickets (either in commercials or on the news), and inevitably, FOX 9 would have to buy the last 1,000 or so, so they wouldn’t lose advertiser money from the blackout. They even had to beg the fans to buy tickets to a HOME PLAYOFF GAME. Not to mention the fact that they often took advantage of the NFL’s rule that they could cover up a certain number of sections with a tarp or whatever, and still call it a “sellout.”

    This is why I always laugh when Vikings fans bring up their “sellout streak.”

  13. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 12, 2012 5:16 PM

    Under the traditional black out rules, absence of a blackout does not equal a sellout.

    Often the vikings have not sold out games even when a corporate sponsor has purchased only the minimum required to avoid a blackout leaving many tickets unsold.

    Additionally, there have been times where tickets are given away for free including a “home” game in Detroit when the metrodome roof collapsed and a game in the University of Minnesota stadium where 40,000 were in attendance.

    In January 2009 approximately 15,000 Eagles fans bought tickets to a game and it was still not sold out.

    Only one season (when Brett Favre played for them) have the vikings ever sold more than 50,000 season tickets.

    Just because a game is televised locally because the local FOX network affiliate makes a business decision that it is more profitable to invest in tickets in order to sell more advertizing than running Gilligan’s Island re-runs does not make the game a sell out because tickets were still available.

  14. staffordsyear says: Aug 12, 2012 5:22 PM

    Yes the lions,packers and bears are “powerhouses” in the NFC NORTH..all could make the playoffs and go deep and theres…ya know…that other team.

    Gonna be a fun year!

  15. kfs9891 says: Aug 12, 2012 5:32 PM

    I lived in Minneapolis for a little over a year and it was hilarious how the corporations h to buy up the remaining tickets each week. The fans are the biggest bandwagon jumpers in the league. If the Vikings lose theyre taking about the Wild instantly. If they win they hope right back on the wagon. Orthopedic surgeons love MN sports fans because they blow out their knees every week hopping off the wagon.

  16. migoli says: Aug 12, 2012 5:33 PM

    the vikings have not had problems selling playoff games, flat out not true

  17. dcviking says: Aug 12, 2012 6:03 PM

    bobnelsonjr says: Aug 12, 2012 5:16 PM

    Just because a game is televised locally because the local FOX network affiliate makes a business decision that it is more profitable to invest in tickets in order to sell more advertizing than running Gilligan’s Island re-runs does not make the game a sell out because tickets were still available.
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    Bet not being able to see Gilligan’s island really chaps but, huh?

    jcbadger34 says: Aug 12, 2012 3:45 PM

    ieatchickens says: Aug 12, 2012 3:00 PM

    drwbrsdmndsnxplntn, really? second best fan base? Then explain to me why 2-3 games each year get threatened to black out each season? Every year the Vikings scramble on Wednesday before game weekend and sell a couple thousand tickets below face value to one of the corporate sponsors? Many times the radio and TV stations in the Minneapolis area buy these tickets along with Target, Medtronic, General Mills and several other area companies.
    —————–

    Indeed. When I was living in Minneapolis (through the T-Jack era up until they signed Favre), nearly every week before home games, I’d see players begging fans to buy tickets (either in commercials or on the news), and inevitably, FOX 9 would have to buy the last 1,000 or so, so they wouldn’t lose advertiser money from the blackout. They even had to beg the fans to buy tickets to a HOME PLAYOFF GAME. Not to mention the fact that they often took advantage of the NFL’s rule that they could cover up a certain number of sections with a tarp or whatever, and still call it a “sellout.”

    This is why I always laugh when Vikings fans bring up their “sellout streak.”
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    Really, what sections of the dome did they tarp off? Aside from the portion of the wall which was pushed back because it wasn’t part of the field.

    Hopefully, you were able to emigrate back to Wisconsin and leave the US.

  18. 7ransponder says: Aug 12, 2012 6:39 PM

    ieatchickens says:
    Aug 12, 2012 3:00 PM
    drwbrsdmndsnxplntn, really? second best fan base? Then explain to me why 2-3 games each year get threatened to black out each season? Every year the Vikings scramble on Wednesday before game weekend and sell a couple thousand tickets below face value to one of the corporate sponsors? Many times the radio and TV stations in the Minneapolis area buy these tickets along with Target, Medtronic, General Mills and several other area companies.
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    A sellout is a sellout, regardless of who buys the tickets. I work for one of the companies that buys the tickets and I will tell you this, they give them out as performance incentive when they get them and if a MN based company works harder as a result of them buying Vikes tickets, the whole state wins. The stadium is full, the companies make money, the workers are happy because they get to go see the NFL team that may have left here… there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this situation. A bought ticket is a bought ticket, period.

  19. jcbadger34 says: Aug 12, 2012 7:04 PM

    migoli says: Aug 12, 2012 5:33 PM

    the vikings have not had problems selling playoff games, flat out not true
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    Oh really?

    Google “Minnesota Vikings playoff 2008 blackout.” I’m not linking to it this time, because my last comment with the link got blocked.

    And I quote: “The National Football League has granted the Minnesota Vikings a second — and final — 24-hour extension for the team to sell out its playoff game with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and avoid a local television blackout.

    The Vikings now have until Saturday at 3:30 p.m. to sell the 3,100 tickets remaining for the game, all of which are priced at $80, $120 or $160. The team had roughly 8,000 tickets left at midday Thursday.

    Under NFL rules, any game that hasn’t sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff cannot be broadcast within that team’s home market. On Wednesday, the league granted the Vikings a 24-hour extension, pushing the deadline from Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to Friday at 3:30 p.m.”

    They needed until the day before the game to sell out the last 3,000 tickets, and even then, I believe it was corporations/FOX 9 buying the last few hundred.

    I believe you just got owned.

  20. purpleguy says: Aug 12, 2012 8:21 PM

    Cheesers slay me, like perfect attendance makes their myopic lives complete. Lets troll on a Viking article and spout: “we’re better fans cause our games are sold out, we never, never have blackout deadlines, and we have a season ticket waiting list”. Whoop-de-do, fry a fish, open up a PBR and don’t get brat grease on your polyester bowling shirt while you pat your collective selves on the back. It’s easy to be a Pack fan with Super Bowl wining history and a decent stadium — if the dopes looked at it realistically (something impossible for them to do), they’d give Viking fans credit.

  21. admiralgeneralaladeen says: Aug 12, 2012 9:36 PM

    Actually, the Vikings had a higher percentage of their of stadium filled than Green Bay.

  22. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 12, 2012 9:57 PM

    The Viking sell-out every game with minimal help from local buyers or companies.

    Cheesers obsessed with the Vikings need to understand the top section of the metrodome has 3,000-4,000 seats with obstructed view points past row 27, the top section has 31-32 rows that is why nobody wants to buy them.

    Ever been to a Vikings game with an obstructed view point? I have, trust me, nobody wants to buy those tickets.

    The playoff game had less than 3,000 tickets in 2008 a week leading into it, no-where near 15,000. Also Brad Childress was the coach and T-Jack was the starter, we knew the Eagles were moving on in the playoffs before the game starter. However, enough Viking fans (there was no company buy-out) bought the remaining tickets 48 hrs before kickoff anyway.

    They also rank in the top 10 nationally for viewership ranking and have been before Favre ever played in the NFL.

    Also, anybody else find it funny how the Packers had to play at least two games a year in Milwaukee from 1954-1993 due to financial problems with getting enough people in the stands at Lambeau for such a terrible team for 25+ years in the 70’s-80’s?

    And yes, it is true there are 90,000+ plus on the Packer waiting list because that fanbase is the biggest bunch of suckers who will pay triple face value for a mid-season game and probably 5 times for a playoff game and that’s why they have at least 60,000 ticket brokers, NOT Packer fans, on their waiting list.

  23. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 12, 2012 10:01 PM

    What’s going to be even better is watching the Packers left tackle being the scapegoat for the offensive problems while Rodgers is running for his life all season while we are grooming a left tackle for the next decade.

  24. jcbadger34 says: Aug 12, 2012 10:34 PM

    Frazier28/7 says: Aug 12, 2012 9:57 PM

    Also, anybody else find it funny how the Packers had to play at least two games a year in Milwaukee from 1954-1993 due to financial problems with getting enough people in the stands at Lambeau for such a terrible team for 25+ years in the 70′s-80′s?
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    Not only are you completely wrong, you couldn’t even get the dates right. Just going from Wikipedia, to show how easy it is to get this information:

    “The Packers played part of their home slate in Milwaukee starting in 1933, including two to three home games each year in Milwaukee’s County Stadium from 1953 to 1994. The Packers worked to capture their growing fan base in Milwaukee and the larger crowds. By the 1960s, threat of an American Football League franchise in Milwaukee prompted the Packers to stay, including scheduling a Western Conference Playoff in 1967. Since County Stadium was primarily a baseball stadium, the field could barely fit a football field, and the end zones extended onto the warning track. By 1994, improvements and seating expansions at Lambeau prompted the Packers to leave County Stadium after 62 years in Milwaukee, and again be based solely in Green Bay.”

    Nice try though, trying to cover up for your sad, little fanbase by lying about ours.

  25. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 12, 2012 11:55 PM

    I think it’s a miracle that the Vikings have done so well selling out games in the worst stadium in the NFL. Why do you think we’ve been trying to get a new one for so long? Sit and watch a game there before you criticize Viking fans.

  26. dtrb10 says: Aug 14, 2012 9:29 AM

    Plus the Packer fan base is the only ones stupid enough to spend millions of dollars on a piece of paper and think they own some of the team. The team is laughing all the way to the bank.

  27. pack13queens0 says: Aug 14, 2012 11:26 PM

    The NFL made this new rule just for the Queens. Everyone knows their fanbase is the worst in the NFL. Even people who live in Minnesota prefer the Packers. They have a lot of fans there.

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