Minnesota Vikings are Taking Advantage of Brett Favre for Preseason Ticket Sales

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IJuly 15, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28:  Brett Favre #4 of The New York Jets looks to pass against The Miami Dolphins during their game on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Last week, Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell traveled to Hattiesburg, MS, to watch Brett Favre perform a workout to determine how well his throwing arm was after shoulder surgery.

According to a report by Ed Werder on ESPN.com, Favre performed a workout that consisted of him throwing at least 100 passes.

The report also stated that Favre told Bevell and Vikings' head trainer Eric Sugarman that he wants to play for the Vikings this upcoming season. However, the decision will come down to whether or not he can manage to stay healthy to play a full 16-game season.

For the second year in a row, the NFL offseason was filled with an overwhelming amount of rumors surrounding whether or not Favre would come out of retirement and return to the NFL. The only difference this time is that he may be returning to play for the Vikings, instead of the New York Jets.

The talks surrounding Favre's possible return seem to be discussed more by the media than Obama's plan to get the country out of the current economic recession. No matter how many important headlines were going on in the sports world, SportsCenter would always find the time to make at least one update every day about the Favre situation.

The constant updates on whether or not Favre is returning to the NFL to play for the Vikings would be a great topic for this week's edition of "What's Bugging Me." However, this week's topic has to do with the team trying to convince him to return: the Minnesota Vikings.

According to reports from The Pioneer Press, there were rumors circling that Favre and his wife Deanna placed a $30,000 deposit on a condominium near 50th and France in Edina. If this rumor is true, it would be pretty obvious that Favre is planning to return to play for the Vikings. However, this still isn't what's bugging me this week.

What's bugging me about the whole Favre-Vikings situation involves ticket sales. If Favre would return to play for the Vikings this season, he would play the Green Bay Packers twice in 2009, the same team he played 16 seasons with and built his legacy around.

In the same article by The Pioneer Press, Charley Walters also reported that the announcement of Favre to the Vikings is expected to come before single-game tickets go on sale July 20. Does this seem like a coincidence to increase ticket sales? It does when you hear about the only way to see Favre play his former Packers' team.

Apparently, the Vikings are requiring anyone who purchases a single-game ticket to the Vikings home matchup against the Packers on Oct. 5 (Monday Night Football) to also purchase a ticket for the preseason matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 21.

Obviously, the Vikings-Packers game will be one of the most anticipated games of the 2009 season if Favre ends up playing this season. It's not even a debate this game will sell out faster than XBox's Halo series on the first day on the market.

This requirement by the Vikings means they will be one of few teams in the NFL who actually sell out one of their preseason games. For most fans, preseason games are not nearly as exciting as regular season games. Therefore, it's rare to see die-hard fans to go out of their way to attend a preseason game for their favorite team.

From a business perspective, this is a genius move by the Vikings to make some extra revenue in ticket sales for preseason games. However, this should not be a move necessary for the Vikings to make some extra revenue.

Before last season's home-playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Vikings had a streak of 114 sellouts in a row at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, a streak that has lasted since 1998. Obviously, the Vikings should not worry about ticket sales for their regular season games.

However, it's unfair for the Vikings to take advantage of their fans by requiring them to purchase tickets for a preseason game, just to see one of the most anticipated games of the 2009 season.

We are currently part of a recession where money is tight for just about anyone living in this country. It's already going to be tough for some of us NFL fans across the country to be able to afford tickets to watch our favorite teams play live this upcoming season.

The fact that the Vikings are forcing their dedicated fans to purchase two sets of tickets in this state of the economy just, to see the game against the Packers, is nothing short of ridiculous.

Considering all of the hype surrounding a team that finished on top of the NFC North last season and the success of ticket sales since '98, there is no reason not to believe the Vikings will have any issues selling tickets this upcoming season.

Still, the Vikings and the rest of the other teams in the NFL realize how hard it's to sell preseason tickets compared to regular season tickets.

Did the Philadelphia Eagles require their fans to purchase a ticket to a preseason game when single-game tickets went on sale against the Dallas Cowboys so they could see Terrell Owens? Of course not.

Like I stated earlier, it's a smart business move for the Vikings to require their fans to purchase preseason tickets against the Chiefs, if they want to buy tickets for the Packers game.

From a die-hard fan's perspective, this just seems like an expensive investment with no guarantees.

How will the fans react if Favre fails to make his decision before the start of single-game tickets on July 20? Better yet, how will the fans react if Favre ends up staying retired because his body can't handle another 16-game season.

No matter what happens with Favre and the Vikings in the next couple of weeks, one thing is for sure; it is unfair for the organization to require fans to purchase tickets for a preseason game against the Chiefs when they really just want to attend the game against the Packers.

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