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Packers a model for all pro sports

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by JBlood, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. JBlood

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    Truer words have never been written:




    Susan Milligan

    Green Bay Packers a Model for NFL, All Pro Sports

    By Susan Milligan
    Posted: January 24, 2011

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    As we prepare for the celebration of obscene profits, commercialism, and grandstanding so unfortunately displayed in increasing amounts at each Super Bowl, let us give thanks for an exception to the profit-driven madness: the Green Bay Packers.
    You won't see some wealthy owner hosting famous football watchers in an ultra-luxury box for the Packers at the Super Bowl this year. That's because, of course, the Packers, unlike any other NFL team, are owned by individual stockholders. And they're not greedy investors who want the board of directors to make bad long-term business decisions in favor of higher dividends; the funders of the Packers include working people who proudly display framed certificates of partial ownership in their finished-off basements. Stockholders get no dividends, and would receive only what they put in if the team is dissolved. They're not even entitled to an advantage in the competition for season tickets. It's run as a non-profit—a word that is almost heresy in the Super Bowl world of fat endorsement contracts, expensive ad buys, high salaries for players and even higher profits for owners. Its bylaws state, “This association shall be a community project, intended to promote community welfare...its purposes shall be exclusively charitable.” [Check out a roundup of this month's best political cartoons.]
    Yet, despite the prevailing theory that an operation has to be profit-motivated to succeed, the Packers are successful. They've won three Super Bowls and are headed to a fourth. The games consistently sell out. And most importantly, the setup means that the team cannot be outsourced by some capricious owner with an eye on a bigger market and a glitzier stadium. Lambeau Field is owned by the city, and there is realistically no way that the rank-and-file ownership of the Packers will agree to a move—especially since the team is nonprofit.
    How much more enjoyable it would be if every NFL team—even every professional sports team—was run as a non-profit and with close ties to its own community. The Packers are loved by Green Bay, and the team gives back; since tickets to games are so hard to get, the Packers host a Family Night once a year, playing a scrimmage game and giving away their own jerseys (“Jerseys Off Our Backs”) to lucky fans. Green Bay has barely more than 100,000 residents; if the team were owned by someone with a strong profit motive, it's likely the Packers would have relocated long ago. Buffalonians live in constant fear of their team moving to Toronto, a bigger but far less enthusiastic and loyal football market than beleaguered Buffalo offers. A move would not only be psychologically devastating and economically damaging to the region, but it would deprive the league of the remaining romance it has left. Some people fantasize about scoring a big lottery win and retiring on a Caribbean Island. I daydream about winning the lottery, buying the Buffalo Bills, and taking the team public so it would never leave the city that has loved and supported the team, despite a series of tough seasons.
    Whether they win or lose against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl, the example of the Green Bay Packers is one the rest of the league should follow.


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  2. armand34

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    I agree, Packers are the best franchise in sports
     
  3. JBlood

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    I don't know who Susan Milligan is, but I think I'll start paying attention to what she has to say.
     
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    Incubes12 Bay Harbor Butcher?

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    That whole article made me happy. Especially the part about the Bills, I experience that stuff firsthand every day. It's really sad. The fans here deserve this team just as much as the Packers fans do. They're dedicated, they don't smash people's cars, they continue to support this team, no matter how s***** the team is. It's sad that the NFL would even consider moving them to Toronto, where fans where hockey jerseys to football games. Unbelievable. The NFL needs to take hints from what the Packers are doing.
     
  5. PackCrazed4

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    One of many aspects of this team that makes me incredibly proud to be a Packer fan (and partial owner) :)
     
  6. dbain21

    dbain21 Chicagoland Packer Fan

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    One of the best, most historic, and unique franchises in sports....in the world. And a lot of it has to do with fans like us.
     
  7. Incubes12

    Incubes12 Bay Harbor Butcher?

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    I'm so jealous, I want a share so badly. One of my Bio professors in college was an owner. I did research with him and had him write one of my LOR's. Yep, all because he was a Pack fan.
     
  8. Forget Favre

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    Just more and more reason to be happy to be playing in the greedy rich owner Jerry Jones's house and that his team ain't.
    Karma really can be a bitch sometimes.

    He can take comfort that the real and true America's team will be playing in his stadium, though.
    (The same team that contributed to him firing his coach, too! It really is a great time to be a Packers fan!!!)
     
  9. PackCrazed4

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    The only issue with it is my family (well, my dad, more specifically) owns only one share, so there is an inevitable battle on the horizon between my brother and I as to who will inherit it, lol! I figured I'd work something out where we're co-owners if that's even a legitimate concept, but hopefully we won't have to worry about it for a long time.
     
  10. JBlood

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    There would likely be no talk of a lockout if the league were all community-owned franchises.

    For that matter, the world would not be in the financial mess it's in if all business were employee or community owned.
     
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    Can the term "Co-op" be applied to the Packers here?
     
  12. JBlood

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    Absolutely.
     

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