Vikings turn down 'Hard Knocks'

The Vikings were the sixth team to turn down HBO's 'Hard Knocks,' owner Zygi Wilf revealed.

HBO has to be wondering what its problem is with the NFL?

The Vikings became the sixth team to turn down HBO's offer to allow the all-access cable show Hard Knocks to film them. Zygi Wilf was succinct in his decision, telling the Pioneer Press the Vikings have other issues – the stadium debate and the current lockout – to contend with before they would consider allowing the HBO crew to hang around during training camp and beyond.

The Jets were immensely popular as the Hard Knocks team of choice last year, following in the footsteps of Dallas and Cincinnati as the teams featured on the show, which goes behind the scenes and provides an unvarnished look at life in the NFL. Jets head coach Rex Ryan came under fire by some family-based groups for his course language and, as a result, when the Jets were offered another year of the popular HBO show, they said "no" in February.

That decision has sparked a chain reaction. Since then, Atlanta, Detroit, Denver and Tampa Bay have all turned down HBO's advances. The Vikings became the sixth team to decline.

HBO officials said Saturday that they continue to look for a team to focus on, but, with the current lockout threatening training camps, they may find the going difficult even if a team agrees to be the focus of the 2011 version of the show.

The residual effects of the lockout are beginning to be felt and Hard Knocks may end up being the next casualty in this ongoing battle, as more and more people are starting to believe that the 2011 season is going to get shortened somehow, with training camp and the preseason being the first potential casualties.

SUNDAY NOTES

  • Not every NFL player is stuck at home wondering when the lockout will end. Vikings Adrian Peterson and Bryant McKinnie joined fellow NFL players Vernon Davis, Vontae Davis, Larry Fitzgerald, Santonio Holmes, Roy Williams, Gerald McCoy and Derrick Morgan as part of the Pros for Africa campaign sponsored by the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The players spent 11 days in Africa, primary in Uganda and Rwanda, helping hearing-impaired children get fitted for hearing aids, as well as building/repairing homes and digging wells to get fresh water.

  • In a Q & A session at the Vikings' official website, a fan asked that, if cost is such a concern for the Ramsey County stadium, why not build it without a roof to save $100 million or more needed for a retractable roof. Lester Bagley answered the question saying that state leaders have made it clear that it must have a roof – fixed or retractable – so it could host events year-round. He also passed along the ongoing talking point that a new stadium could lure Major League Soccer to Minnesota, although there is little data to support that fans would clamor for pro soccer in Minnesota.

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