NFL TEAM NEWS: JERRY SAYS PACKERS SHOULD FOLLOW HIS LEAD
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).