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The Packers behind The Packers

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by Smokeychedder, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. Smokeychedder
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    These men comprise the Executive Committee of the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors. These men are the Packers behind the Packers. Their names may be found at Packers.com .
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    Much is said about the GM and the HC, yet the President and his circle elite are rarely ever mentioned. This thread is looking for information on this group and the decisions that they make.
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    What are you exactly looking to find out?
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    Really? I often read about Mark Murphy. Any information regarding the stadium or ticketing or anything like that you'll see him as the mouth piece.

    The Packers board works just like any board of directors. I believe their mission statement is posted someplace on the website if I remember right. The theory is simple... the Packers are a business and as such, they need business people to help with some of the major decision making regarding the business side of things.

    I can already predict some of the snide comments that will get posted on this...but... I can tell you first hand that there is value in having a board.
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    Yea the Packers are considered a "small market team" but the money that team generates for that city has to be incredible. Hotels, resteraunts, etc. have to make a killing during football season. I remember checking out of my hotel room to go to the game and seeing dozens of people dressed in Packer gear...it was a surreal sight being my first ever trip to Green Bay. The drive to the game was even more surreal. It's kinda like the spurs here in san antonio, the city doesn't really have another major sports team so during basketball season San Antonio generates a ton of revenue.
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    Smokey Cheddar Posted " Much is said about the GM and the HC, yet the President and his circle elite are rarely ever mentioned. This thread is looking for information on this group and the decisions that they make."


    "Executive Committee And Board Of Directors

    Now in their 95th season of professional football (their 93rd in the National Football League), the Green Bay Packers are a team and an organization unique in both structure and accomplishment. They represent – from an organizational standpoint – the only publicly owned franchise in the 32-team NFL. On the field, they have won more world championships – 13 – than any other team in the league’s history.

    Green Bay Packers, Inc., was founded as a nonprofit corporation in 1922 under the leadership of A.B. Turnbull, then-publisher of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, who became the organization’s first president. There are 5,014,545 shares of stock owned by 364,114 stockholders."

    The corporation is governed by a seven-member Executive Committee, elected from a board of directors."

    Duties of the Executive Committee

    " The committee directs corporate management, approves major capital expenditures, establishes broad policy and monitors management’s performance in conducting the business and affairs of the corporation"

    source: packers.com

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    I probably can answer many of the questions you may have concerning the Green Bay Packer organization and City of Green Bay, Wi. .
    Just post your question under this topic and will reply with answer if I have one for your question.

    PWT.

    I am Green Bay born and raised long time Packer fan. I have been following my hometown Packers , since I was youngster growing up on east side of Green Bay in the 1940's. I now live in De Pere Wi. which is located 5 miles south of Lambeau Field
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    It's too bad the NFL prohibits the kind of corporate structure the Packers have. Every other club is now the possession of billionaire owners. There's a few franchises that might have been better off with the Packers model. Cleveland, Dallas, Minnesota come to mind. Ask fans of those teams how much they like their owners.
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    Minnesota? I think you would be surprised there.
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    Minnesota hasn't had in-state ownership in at least 20 years. I remember when Red McCombs owned the team, they were starting their new stadium ordeal and there was a real danger the franchise would be relocated a fair number of Vikqueens fans were looking wistfully at the Green Bay model. I don't sense there's real enthusiasm over there for building a billion dollar stadium for the benefit of New Jersey billionaires either. But Minnesota was over the barrel and had to cave in or else.
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    What I meant was... from what I hear from vikes fans...it appears most like ziggy.
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    IMO one of the main jobs of the executive committee is to stay out of football decisions. Before Lombardi and then during the “dark ages” one of the biggest problems with the Packers was interference by board members who didn’t know much about football. That’s why I view Harlan’s decision to create the position Wolf filled, or to infuse it a lot of power regarding football operations was a watershed moment in the history of the Packers. Its been reported that Lombardi wouldn’t have taken the Green Bay job if he weren’t also given the power of the GM. And the same with Wolf, he wanted the power needed to rebuild the team. It’s no accident success followed both hires.

    We can argue about who fills the various positions in Green Bay but I hope we keep the current structure in place. IMO, the executive board should evaluate the job the president and CEO (Murphy) is doing. The president and CEO should evaluate the job the GM/VP of football operations (Thompson) is doing and he should hire and fire the HC. And I would prefer the GM and HC jobs not be merged again.

    That we haven’t heard much about the executive committee is good news that I hope continues.
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    Besides the stock issuance and stadium expansion, the most notable thing I've read coming from above the football operation in the past few years is the buying up of land around the stadium. The value of the land took a big hit during the financial crisis; to what degree it has recovered I'll leave to the locals.

    What's it for? The stated purpose is to develop an entertainment district around the stadium, something that will generate more revenue during game weeks and for the other 40 - 42 weeks during the year. They've done this in Indy around the dome, but it's supported by other events besides football games as Indy likes to bill itself as the "amateur athletics capital of the world", or at least they used to have pretensions to such. On a large scale, clearly beyond the reach of Green Bay but still an aspirational example, is the LA Forum district....

    I'm not sure how this would work in Green Bay, albeit on a smaller scale.

    Of course, speculation persists that the underlying agenda is a long term plan for a domed stadium, though it's hard to see how they could pull that off in any foreseeable future.
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    Also, Murphy serves on NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee, Competition Committee and Health and Safety Committee, so he's heavily involved in the general steerage of the league.
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    I heard about that and I think it is a great idea and well past due. I think it would be great for the area.
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    San Antonio has other things to bring in tourists, the Riverwalk - I have yet to meet someone who has been there that didn't love it.

    Green Bay, sorry guys, doesn't have anything other than the Packers, to bring tourists in. Fishing? Maybe you will draw from throughout Wisconsin, maybe a few FIBS from Chicago, but other than that? Not much.

    The impact the Packers have on GB is huge.
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    The casino draws a little. green bay is in a perfect location for an entertainment district around the field.
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    It is difficult to see how this would work on non-football weekends without a dome to support other major events.

    Even then, major event sponsors have many other options where the air travel and other local attractions are more compelling.

    I don't think you can just throw up some hotels, restaurants, clubs and casinos and expect an out-of-towner tourist destination to materialize. As far as local tourism and night-on-town traffic goes, there's not enough population to support a district of any scale.

    A modest development plan with a couple of hotels and other establishments would probably only serve to consolidate game-day visitors around the stadium instead of spread around the metro area. Even then, how do you make the investment in a hotel worthwhile the other 80% of the time? A smattering of Door County vacationers coming down for dinner and drinks only gets you so far.

    It would be interesting to see the business plan.
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    Well, the Oneida Nation could build a more vegasish casino. . . . But hate for you all to stop coming here to pay my taxes.
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    Green Bay is more of a town, it's not a major city so it doesn't have the same financial support system other cities have. Therefore, the attraction and draw of the Packers is much more significant than other teams that have the backdrop of a major city.
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    I wasn't talking on a grand scale. For anyone that's familiar with Walker's Point in Milwaukee...that's what I'm talking about. Not a national tourist draw thing...I'm just kind of talking about more local business. There's really not jack shi# South or North of Green Bay. It's prime for that IMO. ...and I bet they'd also do well with FIBs heading back and forth from the Northwoods.
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    John Bergstrom (of the Bergstrom car dealers) is on the board, and at the time Brett did commercials for them..

    When the whole Brett drama happened, I heard from a good source that the board had a say in what to do and Bergstrom wanted Brett not to come back..Pretty telling IMO that someone who had a working relationship with Brett didnt want him back in GB
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    Perhaps because they have nothing to do with football operations.
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    You mean Vic Ketcham is not part of them?
    Wow.
    What a shocker.

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