As expected, the Vikings game against Houston on Sunday at the Metrodome will be televised in the Twin Cities after CBS affiliate WCCO (Ch. 4) agreed to purchase the last “several hundred” tickets, according to Vikings vice president of sales and marketing Steve LaCroix.
The team had about 1,500 tickets left as of Wednesday afternoon but with WCCO carrying only two Vikings games this season it was expected the station would do everything to make sure the game was soldout and, thus, televised locally. WCCO already was planning a special postgame show and the number of high-priced political ads that will run during the game meant accepting a blackout would have been a bad business decision.
The tickets bought by WCCO on Thursday will be donated to local military personnel and their families, LaCroix said in an e-mail.
Before Sunday’s game the Vikings are planning a video tribute and a moment of silence for former safety Karl Kassulke, who passed away Monday at the age of 67.
As for practice news today, linebacker David Herron (hip) was the only player who was not participating.