[size=18px]FSN, Vikings strike cable deal[/size]
Judd Zulgad, Star Tribune
It will be announced today that FSN North will become the franchise's first cable partner ever. Neither side would reveal terms of the agreement Thursday.
"We really felt there was a need for additional programming in the marketplace," said Steve LaCroix, the Vikings' vice president of sales and marketing. "This was a good first step toward expanding our broadcast initiatives."
FSN North's plans include a year-round, half-hour show each week that will debut Aug. 24; a half-hour program each weekday during training camp in Mankato (July 28-Aug. 17); live coverage of weekly news conferences; postgame shows following several regular-season games; and coverage from next year's draft party.
Quarterback Brad Johnson has signed a deal with FSN North to be part of the programming. Edina native Ann Carroll, who has been working at the CBS affiliate in St. Louis, will return home to become FSN's primary Vikings reporter.
Mike Dimond, general manager of FSN North, said the weekly show will cover plenty of territory.
"It will expose you to parts of the organization you wouldn't necessarily get exposed to," he said. "Community outreach initiatives, a little bit of what goes on in the front office."
This agreement does not include the team's preseason games. KSTP (Ch. 5) is entering the last year of its contract with the Vikings for those rights; KSTP also will continue airing an hour-long Vikings show at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.
As for Childress, it has been decided he won't have a standalone TV show in 2006.
"We'll look to address that in future seasons," LaCroix said, adding the coach could end up making occasional appearances on KSTP or FSN's programming.
Childress will have a regular presence on radio, appearing on the Vikings' flagship station, KFAN (1130-AM), from 6 to 7 p.m. each Monday during the season. Paul Allen, who calls Vikings' games on the station, will host.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The Vikings were the only NFL team that did not attend the workout for ex-Virginia linebacker Ahmad Brooks on Thursday at Charlottesville, Va., according to NFL.com. Brooks will be available in the NFL supplemental draft on July 13.