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Daniel Kaplan covers the NFL, finance and tennis for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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Packers Partner With Microsoft For Innovation Lab Within Titletown

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 19 / 17

The Packers today announced that the club is working with Microsoft to create an accelerator and innovation lab by next year in the new 45-acre Titletown Development district across the street from Lambeau Field. The team will spend $8-10M for the new building and contribute $5M to a venture capital...

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