NFL warns teams about warming footballs

After a sideline attendant was shown heating up footballs at the Vikings game, the NFL warned both teams Sunday and reminded other teams they aren’t allowed to do that.

The NFL is reminding teams they’re not allowed to use artificial means to keep footballs warmer and softer during games.

Fox’s broadcast of the Carolina-Minnesota game on Sunday showed a clip of an unidentified sideline attendant holding two balls in front of one of the heaters teams use on cold days. The temperature at kickoff for the game was 12 degrees.

Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said on NFL Network on Monday that once the league noticed, both the Panthers and Vikings were warned of the rule against using a heater on the football to make it easier to handle during a game. Blandino also said the league will remind all teams that the practice is not allowed.


Bud Grant Way is now a formally recognized street in Minneapolis, just to the south of the under-construction Minnesota Vikings stadium.

The sign was posted at a ceremony Monday featuring Grant, the former Vikings coach who guided the team to four Super Bowls and Pro Football Hall of Fame member. Grant was joined by dozens of his family members, city officials, Vikings executives and former players.

The street in his name is a one-block section of 9th Avenue, between 6th and 7th streets. This was known as Carew Drive while the Metrodome was there, in honor of former Minnesota Twins star Rod Carew. With the baseball team now playing at Target Field, Carew Drive was moved to the west edge of downtown.

The new Vikings stadium will open in 2016.

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