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Giants-Vikings won't be on Fox 23 Monday (Update No. 2)

New York Giants fans won't be happy to hear this.

The Giants' game against the Minnesota Vikings tomorrow night at 7 won't be shown on Fox 23 in the Capital Region. Sunday's game was postponed by the NFL on Saturday night because of a snowstorm in Minneapolis that prevented the Giants from getting there. The Giants flew to Kansas City, Mo., instead.

The game was moved to Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, after the roof of the Vikings' home, the Metrodome, collapsed under the weight of heavy snow.

Also factored into the league's decision is ESPN's exclusive window for "Monday Night Football." Tomorrow's game features Baltimore against Houston.

Naturally, the New York and Minneapolis-St. Paul markets will get the Giants-Vikings game. However, the league is allowing the Mankato and Rochester, Minn., markets to televise it, but denying Albany market. Minnesota State University in Mankato hosts the Vikings' training camp. The University at Albany hosts the Giants' training camp. So, it seems very unfair to allow Manakto to see the game and deny us in the Capital Region.

Fox 23 general manager Bill Sally isn't pleased with the NFL's decision.

"It's pretty obvious, in New York City and Minneapolis," Sally said. "Why Rochester, Minn., and Mankato, Minn., are designated as home-team markets, I don't know. I am extremely stunned. I could probably use a lot of other adjectives, but I'll keep it to extremely stunned."

NFL spokesman Dan Masonson said: "New York, as the largest market, does not have any designated secondary TV markets under our television patterns."

Sally isn't giving up hope in getting the game on Fox 23.

"[The fans] are being denied the right to watch their team," Sally said. "That's why it just doesn't seem to make much sense. Hopefully, logic will prevail here, and this thing will get reversed, we'll be able to carry the game and viewers in the area will be able to watch it."

The game also will be available to Sunday Ticket subscribers on DirecTV. The game will be on the radio on WPYX-FM (106.5).

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