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-- The Minnesota Vikings have named Rick Spielman their new general manager. Spielman has been with the team since 2006, previously serving as vice president of player personnel.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Vikings have named Rick Spielman their new general manager. Spielman has been with the team since 2006, previously serving as vice president of player personnel.
He will oversee all of Minnesota's football operations and have final say on roster moves and draft picks. The Vikings hold the No. 3 selection in this spring's NFL draft. Spielman says there is no doubt that head coach Leslie Frazier will be back next season.
Minnesota Vikings officials seem to be warming up to the idea of a stadium site in downtown Minneapolis. Team owner Zygi Wilf presented sketches to state lawmakers yesterday of two possible sites. Wilf showed maps of how a stadium would fit near the Basilica of Saint Mary or near the Twins' Target Field at the so-called Farmers Market site. The team has been pushing to build at a site in Arden Hills, across the river in Ramsey County. It's still not clear whether a stadium proposal could be ready for the start of Minnesota's legislative session.
Former Viking and current Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has undergone surgery to repair the shoulder injury that kept him out the first two games of this season. Rice indicated via his Twitter account that he got out of surgery on Tuesday, and Seattle coach Pete Carroll confirmed the procedure. The recovery time is roughly three-to-four months. Rice was placed on injured reserve on November 30th after suffering two concussions in a three-game span.
"NBC" is sold out of Super Bowl ads, and at record high prices. The network says it has sold all 30-second commercial inventory for Super Bowl 46. NBC says some commercials sold for a record-high $4-million. They say the average 30-second spot sold for $3.5-million. Overall, Super Bowl ad rates are up 17-percent from last year. The 2011 Super Bowl drew the biggest U.S. television audience ever. About 111-million people watched the Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas. Super Bowl 46 will be played Sunday, February 5th in Indianapolis.