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Packers BOD Members "Blindsided" Over 13% Ticket Price Increase

Packers Fans Are Paying 13% More
For Tickets This Year

Although Packers BOD members "play a role in many aspects of the organization through its committee structures," some members said that they "felt blindsided by the ticket-price increase" implemented this offseason, according to Ryman & Walter of the GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE. It was Packers President & CEO Mark Murphy who decided the team "would charge 13[%] more for tickets this year," and BOD member Gary Rotherham saw that as evidence that the executive committee and the BOD are "drifting apart." Every board member "represents the organization's 112,120 shareholders as well as its fans." While some members "argue that they should be consulted on more decisions, others say that a 45-member board is just too big to be effectively used that way." The ticket price issue was "discussed at the December board meeting, but directors were not asked to vote on the matter." The executive committee instead "later approved Murphy's recommendations, and the decision was made." Murphy said, "They hired me to run the organization -- not to sound egotistical -- and I need to do that. I don't think the board has ever been consulted (on ticket prices)." Ryman & Walter noted while some board members "feel they should be included in more decision-making, the consensus is that you can't have 45 cooks in the kitchen" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 4/18).

FORWARD PROGRESS: The PRESS-GAZETTE's Ryman & Walter noted one of the "most difficult balances in sports is preserving the Green Bay Packers’ culture while keeping up with business demands" of the NFL. Packers Exec Committee member Dan Ariens said that with "billion-dollar stadiums being built around the league, and the Packers looking for the next development to increase" the franchise's local income, the "NFL has changed, and the Packers must change with it." Ariens: "We can't go back. It's big business. It's a Catch-22. You've got to do these things to keep up with the rest of the league" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 4/18). Ryman & Walter take a closer look at the Packers Exec Committee (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 4/18).

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