Vikes Strike Deal With FSN

The Vikings have agreed to a 2006 television deal with FSN North to be the official station of the Vikings, with a half-hour weekly program that will run throughout the year instead of just during the season.

When it was announced a couple of months ago that Brad Childress wouldn't have a coach's show on local network television, some pondered who would fill the void. With the popularity of the NFL in general and the Vikings in particular, it was theorized that someone would step up to pick up the slack.

That someone turned out to be Fox Sports Network. The Vikings announced Thursday that FSN North will run a half hour show throughout the year (not just during the season) devoted exclusively to the Vikings.

Brad Johnson has been linked to the show and is said to have been hired on as a regular guest/player host.

Head coach Brad Childress doesn't have a TV deal in place, but is committed to a weekly call-in radio show with 1130 AM KFAN. Childress and host Paul Allen will take calls between 6-7 p.m. Mondays following games.

* More than 40 NFL team officials attended the workout of linebacker Ahmad Brooks of Virginia, who is eligible for the league's supplemental draft July 13. The Vikings are said to be only team in the league that didn't attend the workout.
* Between the Arctic Blast event last February and the Vikings charity golf tournament this month, more than $400,000 was raised for the Vikings Childrens Fund.
* Former Viking Jay Fiedler is at Bucs minicamp in hopes of finding work. Bucs backup QB Luke McCown has been lost for the season with a torn ACL.
* At $1.35 million, Chicago's Lovie Smith is the lowest paid coach by far in the NFC North, despite being the only coach with any head coaching experience.

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