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The ticket situation

January 3rd, 2009 – 10:09 AM by Judd Zulgad

We’re in place today to track the Vikings ticket situation and see whether they can avoid a blackout of Sunday’s home playoff game against Philadelphia. We’ll have an update as soon as we get something so check back. Meanwhile, here’s a quick primer.

How many tickets are left? 3,100 remain. The Vikings had 20,000 left as recently as Monday and that figure was believed to be about 10,000 higher last week before the team clinched the NFC North title and a playoff berth.

When must they be sold by? 3:30 p.m. today, which is 24 hours before kickoff. The NFL has given the Vikings two extensions because the normal rule is that a game must be sold out 72 hours prior to kickoff. A 24-hour extension isn’t rare, a 48-hour extension is very rare. The Arizona Cardinals, though, also got a 48-hour extension and were able to sell out their game today against Atlanta.

What happens if it doesn’t sell out? Local Fox affiliate KMSP (Ch. 9) won’t be able to air the game, meaning no one in the Twin Cities will see it. Fans in many surrounding communities also will be left in the dark, as will those who are in ”secondary markets.” The secondary markets in this case are Alexandria, Redwood Falls, Austin, Mankato, Rochester and Mason City, Iowa. Just got word that Bemidji is in the blackout territory.

If I have satellite can I see it? Not if you are in the blackout territory. Even if you have the DirecTV Sunday Ticket that will be blacked out. Dish Network subscribers will fall under the same rules as cable viewers who get KMSP.

So who could possible be happy about this? I’m guessing they’d never admit it but I have four letters for you: K-F-A-N. That’s the Vikings radio home and your (oops: thanks to those of you who pointed out I put you’re the first time I tried this post) only source for the game if it’s blacked out. It also can be heard on KTLK, 100.3 FM.

Worst case what do I do? Get in your car and drive. We’re trying to come up with a list of places where the game can be seen. We saw a story in the Duluth News Tribune that KQDS, a Fox affiliate that serves the Northland area, WON’T be subject to the blackout. I got a note from the managing editor in Fergus Falls that its Fox affiliate is based in Fargo, N.D., and thus also will have the game. If you know of any other Minnesota, Iowa or western Wisconsin cities that have a Fox affiliate that will be able to carry the game let us know in the comments section or e-mail me at jzulgad@startribune.com.

 

  

 

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