The Vikings announced Thursday that the team will continue its relationship with three Twin Cities area television stations – KSTP (Channel 5, ABC), KMSP (Channel 9, FOX) and Fox Sports Net North. The team agreed to a three-year deal to keep programming with all three stations.
As the local FOX affiliate, KMSP will continue to be the Vikings station for NFL coverage, although two home games vs. AFC opponents will be carried on WCCO (Channel 4) in the Twin Cities. KSTP will remain the Vikings' preseason home, although the team will have one preseason game nationally televised, leaving three games for KSTP.
FSN North will continue to carry its "Vikings Weekly" show (as its name implies 52 weeks a year) and it might be moved to the KMSP during the regular season. FSN North will also carry other Vikings-related programming and specials during the year.
"We are excited to expand our television programming and create additional opportunities for our fans to be involved with Vikings football," Vice President of Sales and Marketing Steve LaCroix said. "Partnering with multiple stations allows us to reach more fans and bring Vikings football into more homes in the Upper Midwest."
The agreement will run through the 2009 season.
* The Vikings will have the OTA (Organized Team Activities) practice sessions open to the media next Wednesday and Thursday.
* Former Vikings Employee of the Month Fran Foley lost out on the chance to get back into the swing of the NFL thing Thursday when the Raiders announced that they hired Rich Snead to be their next personnel director. Snead will eventually replace current senior personnel exec Mike Lombardi.
* The Bears' woes continue unabated. Already having traded RB Thomas Jones, their most consistent offensive weapon, as well as the potential suspension that might be looming for Tank Johnson and the anticipated holdout of linebacker Lance Briggs, now defensive end Alex Brown said in a radio interview that he wants permission to seek a trade. The best thing the Vikings might have going for them heading into 2007 isn't their own offseason additions, but the Bears' offseason problems.
* A woman claiming to be the mistress of former Viking Sam Cowart said he gave her a credit card and then reported it stolen. The merchants with which she used the credit card are now seeking payment from her. She is suing Cowart in Hennepin County Court, seeking payment of the $8,900 she spent on the card (with Cowart's permission, she says) and $50,000 in damages.
* Former Vikings running back Adimchinobe Echemandu had to be taken off the practice field on a cart after injuring his ankle in a minicamp practice with the Raiders Thursday.
* From the "Who Would Have Believed It?" Department comes this: Marcus Robinson has only been practicing with the Lions for a few days and has already been sidelined with a thigh injury.
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