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Volume 24 No. 117
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NFL Franchise Notes: Vikings Sold Out Ticket Allotment For London Game

In St. Paul, Charley Walters reported the Vikings "apparently did their share to sell out their Sept. 29 regular-season game" against the Steelers in London. The team yesterday said that it has "sold out its allotment of several thousand tickets to season-ticket holders." The team said that it "won't make any more money playing in front of 84,000 spectators in England than it would playing before 65,000" at the Metrodome. A team official said, "We'll basically break even." The Vikings said that they "don't intend to play any overseas games when they move into their new stadium" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 7/23). Meanwhile, the Vikings yesterday announced that they have reached a three-year contract with Minnesota State Univ.-Mankato, to continue holding their training camp on campus through '15, which would be the team's 50th at the school (Vikings).

: In Charlotte, Scott Fowler noted in an contest this month, the Panthers' alternate '12 uniform with black jerseys, black pants, and blue socks has "advanced to the finals of the 64-team 'Greatest Uniform in NFL History' bracket." The Panthers have "worn that color combo only once." This "tells us that the Panthers have to wear this black-on-black combo more often ... because their fans apparently love it" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 7/23).

BANDING TOGETHER: In K.C., Adam Teicher wrote everyone on the Chiefs "finally seems to be pulling in the same direction, which hasn’t been the case ... for some time." Chiefs Chair & CEO Clark Hunt’s move to "divide the power between general manager and head coach is working the way he intended" (K.C. STAR, 7/21).