Careers & Jobs
Real Estate & Rentals
Full MSN Index
Vikings no longer a national attraction?
Posted Apr 13, 2011
The Vikings’ preseason schedule was released Tuesday without a nationally televised game for them. Will that be a precursor to the regular-season schedule being unveiled?
The NFL announced its preseason schedule Tuesday and, from all indications, the league is taking into account the Vikings’ mess with the Metrodome.
The preseason is expected to get underway with the Hall of Fame game between the Bear and the Rams Sunday, Aug. 7. The league hasn’t released the exact times and dates of the full preseason schedule, but did announce the dates and times of 11 prime-time games which include 21 different teams (the Bears play in prime time twice). The list includes the three other teams in the NFC North, but not the Vikings.
The Vikings’ first preseason game will be played between Aug. 12-14 at Tennessee, followed by a road game at Seattle Aug. 19-21. The team closes out the preseason with home games vs. Dallas Aug. 26-27 and vs. Houston Sept. 1-2.
The lineup of games seemed to take into account that repairs to the Metrodome are expected to be done by Aug. 1. By pushing the start of the Vikings’ home games back to the last weekend of August, the league is giving the Metrodome as long as possible to be completed and ready to re-open as the team’s official home.
Both the Vikings’ and Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission said the team requested that the NFL schedule its first two preseason games away to accommodate an extended Metrodome repair schedule if necessary.
While the preseason doesn’t mean much in the big picture of things, being one of just 11 teams that won’t be shown in prime time during the preseason doesn’t bode well for the team getting on the slate of Sunday and Monday night games during the regular season. The Vikings have been a big splash in the prime-time scene the last three years, but, with
gone and the Vikings looking to return from the bottom of the division, it doesn’t appear the glare of the bright lights of prime time will be shine on Minnesota very often.
The regular season schedule is expected to be released next week.
The Vikings playing the Cowboys is no big shocker. It will be the fifth time in six years that the Vikings and Dallas have met in the preseason. The same is true with Seattle, this marking the second straight year and the sixth time in eight years that the Vikings and Seahawks have met in the preseason.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan met with current and former players for four hours Tuesday to get a feel for the union position on the current impasse. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, who ordered mediation between the sides in front of Judge Boylan, combined the cases between current players (known as Brady et al) with the claims of former players (known as Eller et al). Judge Boylan is scheduled to meet with the owners today with mediation sessions officially getting underway Thursday.
is finding work while he and his fellow players wait for the lockout to end. Edwards signed a two-fight contract to box professionally. His first fight is scheduled for May 20 at Grand Casino Hinckley against a tomato-can-to-be-named. According to reports, he will receive a guaranteed $5,000 for the fight plus 50 percent of the gate proceeds. The second fight, if the lockout continues, would come in June.
In Tuesday’s portion of the Jenn Sterger interview, she said that she never actually met Brett Favre, which makes the alleged lewd photos of him being sent to Sterger a strange sort of ice-breaker.
While players can’t be signed during the work stoppage, buzz around the Jets is that they may be interested in suddenly well-traveled WR
, although FOXSports.com’s Adam Schein reported that the Jets have no interest. But the Jets have a history of trying to stick it to the Patriots (and vice versa) and still hold a grudge that the Patriots traded Moss to the Vikings last year immediately before Minnesota played New York.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for
Viking Update on Twitter
and discuss this topic on our
. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine,
Scout.com Mock Draft: Watkins a Patriot
Apr 13, 2011
The book on: DT Muhammad Wilkerson
Apr 13, 2011
Position Analysis: Guards
Apr 13, 2011
Subscribe today and get a full year of
Viking Update Magazine
with an annual Total Access Pass.
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from VikingUpdate.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a
list of all Team Newsletters
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to
Football > Minnesota
View My HotList
Copyright © 2014 Scout.com.
All rights reserved.
Terms of Service
Junior College Football
Advertise on MSN
About our ads
© 2014 Microsoft