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Packers' Mark Murphy Says Team Has No Plans For Further Expansion

Packers President & CEO Mark Murphy has been "integral in the Packers remaining among the NFL's elite both on the field and off" during his six years in the role, according to Rob Reischel of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Murphy said the 7,000 seats added to Lambeau Field prior to the '13 season were a "boost" from a revenue standpoint. Murphy: "In terms of home-field advantage, we'll see over time, but I think it was significantly louder." He added the Packers "don't have any plans to expand." Murphy acknowledged the "next thing we have to look at is continuing to look at the fan experience." He said, "An issue, especially with more and more of our fans being younger, is connectivity and can they use their phones and Wi-Fi. That's a challenge, though." Asked about developing around the stadium, Murphy said, "We're certainly looking at developing more generally around the stadium. The start was getting the Cabela's. We thought that would be a really good retail anchor and that's been great in terms of bringing people." Meanwhile, Murphy said his involvement in football operations was "just enough so they know that I'm supportive and I know what's going on." However, GM Ted Thompson "knows that he has the final say." Murphy said he spends "probably 75-80%" of his time on the business side. Murphy: "I spend a lot of time on league issues, so that's a combination of football and business" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/21).
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