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SBD/February 20, 2012/Franchises
Packers Working To Balance Big Business In A Small Market
Published February 20, 2012
PASSING THE BATON: Following Wied’s resignation in January, a “key member of Murphy’s administration is” VP/Sales & Marketing Tim Connolly. In the 21 months Connolly has been with the organization, he has “become a dominant figure with an approach that some characterize as hard charging and others regard as too aggressive and occasionally heavy-handed for this market.” Team sources said that Connolly “appears to be taking the lead in most projects of note.” Wied’s leave of absence in November '11 and resignation last month “set off red flags.” His stated public reason “was an addiction to an herbal anti-anxiety treatment, but other issues may have contributed.” Several sources said that Wied and Connolly “clashed regularly on matters that fell into gray areas of responsibility.” Murphy said, “The league is becoming complex. It’s not the league that the Packers competed in (during) the Lombardi era, it’s become a much different business and I think at this level we need expertise to make sure the Packers remain competitive. Where you find that expertise is (another matter)” (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 2/19).