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National Football League
345 Park Ave
New York, NY 10016
October 28, 2013

The Minnesota Vikings
9520 Viking Dr
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Green Bay Packers, Inc
1265 Lombardi Ave
Green Bay, WI 54304

To Whom It May Concern:

During the October 27, 2013 Sunday Night Football game, the league has determined both teams were in violation of Section 27, Article 17 (f) of the 2013 Official Playing Rules of the National Football league by not beating a baseball game in the ratings. Not only did the World Series outdraw your traditionally strong rivalry, but it lost in key demographics to a sub-par zombie series on basic cable.

Not only did you violate the basic rules of bettering lesser sports for national attention, you made our own Joe Browne look foolish by pointing out there was a time the National Football League did not even dare to challenge Major League baseball during the World Series. This is a taunt that only works when we are winning, not losing to hayseeds “tasslin’ corn” and people in pink baseball hats.

Would it kill you to hand the ball to Adrian Peterson and at least give Vince Young a call, Minnesota? Christian Ponder does not get eyeballs and you know it. And do not think you are without culpability, Packers. Despite Aaron Rodgers having Thing 1 and Thing 2 in as receivers for your decimated offense, you let the Vikings fall behind two touchdowns before start of the fourth quarter, meaning people were switching over to baseball for excitement. This is unacceptable.

Because of such violations, I am fining both teams $275,000 a piece.  If you wish, you may appeal this decision at http://onfieldappeals.nfl.net/; Vikings fine [27832], Packers fine [27833]; last name [PackersVikings] and pin code [83619].

Sincerely,

Roger Goodell
NFL Commissioner