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NFL TEAM NEWS: JERRY SAYS PACKERS SHOULD FOLLOW HIS LEAD
Published November 24, 1997
PACKERS: Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, who has "ruffled feathers among other owners" with his efforts to decentralize NFLP, wants the Packers to "show the same kind of aggressiveness in their marketing scheme that they did in developing an $80 million stock plan," according to Tom Silverstein of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Jones: "The Packers are an example of a team that could take some of the things that I'm an advocate of -- marketing, national marketing -- and really benefit from that because they have a national identity." Silverstein: "The way the Packers see it, they have benefited greatly from revenue-sharing -- perhaps more than any other team ... and they don't want to spit in the face of their benefactor." Packers President Bob Harlan noted the team did hire NY-based National Media Group "to explore national possibilities. ... But we did it within league specifications" (JOURNAL SENTINEL, 11/21). COURT DATES: The new get-tough policy at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, which included two municipal judges handing out fines on the spot, yielded twenty arrests "most for disorderly conduct" and individual fines "ranging from" $150-300. Previous home games "typically ended with 60 ejections." One "shackled defendant" yelled, "Howard Stern rules!" as he entered the court (DAILY NEWS, 11/24). BROWNS: A "source inside the NFL" told Tony Grossi of the Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER that there have been "recent discussions" between Cleveland business exec Al Lerner and former Browns QB Bernie Kosar about "combining forces to pursue the Browns expansion team." Neither man could be reached for comment (Cleveland PLAIN-DEALER, 11/23). BEARS: The Bears reported 22,989 no-shows for yesterday's home game against the Bucs (SUN-TIMES, 11/24).