Saturday, January 03, 2009

ViQueens get another extension to sell-out tix

The 3:30 p.m. Friday deadline -- extension #1 from the NFL to avoid a local market TV blackout -- for the ViQueens came and went. They couldn't sell their remaining 8,000 tickets. Got rid of about 4,300, but still had 3,700 unsold. So, the NFL granted another extension, although it's not clear from reports exactly what the deadline now is.

The Arizona Cardinals, also granted an earlier extension, were able to sell their remaining seats and avoid a blackout for their game versus Atlanta.

If the 'Queens "fans" or some corporate folks don't step up to the plate (is that a mixed metaphor? baseball-football? never mind) by whatever the deadline is, it will apparently be only the second time that a NFL playoff game has been blacked out in the local market.

You'd think with all the big corporations in Minneapolis that at least one of them would ante up to avoid the franchise and civic embarrassment of the situation.

As I said in an earlier post of yesterday, it's just another reason the ViQueens don't deserve to be in the playoffs.

You can read more about all this ticket drama here.