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    Yesterday's News: Vikings denied jobless benefits

    Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1964:

    [size=18px]Vikings denied jobless benefits[/size]

    The 1963 Minnesota Vikings, whose roster included future stars Fran Tarkenton, Bill Brown, Mick Tingelhoff and Jim Marshall, managed to lose to the Packers twice and finished 5-8-1. After the season, six players filed for unemployment. Their annual salaries, ranging from $8,000 to $15,000, had been paid in full. But they had families to feed.

    Initially, the claims of these unnamed athletes were upheld. But an appeals tribunal eventually denied most of their arguments. The Tribune’s Sam Romer explained:

    [size=18px]Appeal Tribunal Denies Jobless Benefits to Six Viking Players[/size]

    By SAM ROMER
    Minneapolis Tribune staff writer


    The Minnesota Employment Security Department has rejected claims by six Minnesota Viking professional football players for $38-a-week jobless benefits after the 1963 regular season ended.

    A player is ineligible for benefits after the season ends if his contract remains in effect.

    He can receive the weekly benefit after the contract expires and before he signs a new pact.

    He can also receive benefits if he is released during the contract period.

    In each case, the full salary was paid in semi-monthly installments during the regular season, but the contracts were worded to run until May 1, 1964.

    EACH of the players applied for jobless benefits after the season ended — at Wilmington, Calif.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Freeport, N.Y.; Waco, Texas, and Los Angeles; Calif.

    Administrative decisions by a department claims deputy awarded benefits to the players. However, the tribunal oeverruled the decisions.

    It noted that the contract required the player to “maintain his skills as a football player” and “to refrain from activities and associations which would be detrimental to the team.”

    These clauses made clear, according to the tribunal, that the contract continued the employment relationship between the club and the player until it expired, and he was not eligible for benefits until the contract was terminated.

    IN TWO cases, the club and the players signed new contracts before the old ones expired and the tribunal ruled that these players were not eligible for benefits.

    In other cases where new contracts were not signed before summer or, as in one case, where the player rejected a proposed offer, it ordered that benefits be paid for the period after May 1.

    In three cases where the players were released after a new contract was signed, the tribunal upheld their right to benefits.


    Nov. 13, 1963: Mick Tingelhoff, Grady Alderman and Ed Sharockman warmed up over an impromptu fire after practice at Midway Stadium. (Minneapolis Star photo by John Croft)


    Throughout his career, quarterback Fran Tarkenton was known for drawing plays in the dirt. Here he drew a play in the snow during a workout at St. Paul’s Midway Stadium with rookie quarterback Ron VanderKelen in December 1963. (AP photo)

    "If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"

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    Re: Yesterday's News: Vikings denied jobless benefits

    good read there singer.

























    Go vikes!!

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    Re: Yesterday's News: Vikings denied jobless benefits

    Enjoyed the pics, Fran drawing plays in the snow....gotta love that.

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    Re: Yesterday's News: Vikings denied jobless benefits

    I was only 4 at the time, so I don't remember it happenning, but when I saw this article in the paper, I thought it would be an interesting read for those who remember & for the younger generation to step back in time to see what football was like in the 60's.

    "If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"

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    Re: Yesterday's News: Vikings denied jobless benefits

    So did they just decide to deny them this year........lol.

    If so they work slower then the government and that is amazing!

    It's insane how much players used to make. I understand inflation and such, but a lot of players had to have part time jobs in the offseason just to make it....

    Different times I guess.

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    Re: Yesterday's News: Vikings denied jobless benefits

    To look at those salaries those guys made and it was a tougher league back then, most players had to take jobs in the off season to support their families. And a lot of younger fans wonder why us older fans (42) don't side with the athletes when they whine about their contracts and act like prima donnas!

    Those old players were tough SOBs!
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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