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NO SYMPATHY FOR THE APATHY: TOUGH NFL SELL IN AZ AND MN
Published August 27, 1996
As the Cardinals begin their ninth season in Phoenix, they face a tough obstacle to overcome -- "apathy," according to the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Always several "bus-lengths" behind the Suns in popularity, the Cardinals are in danger of falling behind ASU football and NHL hockey. But even if there was no other team in Phoenix, the Cards would be "facing an uphill fight for the full attention of the fans." Joe Gilmartin notes Phoenix is still a "potential gold mine" for pro football, but "the richest mines have to be worked with the proper tools" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/27). PURPLE PEOPLE EATERS: In Minneapolis, Patrick Reusse notes the "theory" that fans "still care intensely about the Vikings ... appears to be losing credibility." Reusse: "Ticket sales remain stagnant, yes, but what is more alarming before Sunday's opener is the lack of Purple-laced conversation" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/27).