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Packers fans upset at ring ceremony exclusion

Posted on: June 4, 2011 6:03 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 1:36 pm
 
Green Bay fans are upset at being excluded from the ring ceremony.Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For their Super Bowl XLV ring ceremony, scheduled for June 16, the Packers have announced they’ll keep it private, meaning no fans or, most likely, media will be there to witness it. This decision has upset many Green Bay fans, and NFL.com’s Vic Carucci can understand why.

As Carucci writes, “Packers fans aren't just fans. Many are shareholders and, consequently, feel entitled to be a part of certain ‘official’ team functions, especially those of the celebratory variety. To them, the ring ceremony isn't a whole lot different than attending the annual shareholders meeting, such as the one held last summer at Lambeau Field.

“But to the Packers, it is very different. To the Packers, it is supposed to be something that only players, coaches and front-office staff members should share together without the presence of anyone who isn't part of the "family" as it exists inside the confines of the team facility. They're citing ‘past practices’ as a reason to go with the private ceremony.”

But the “past practices” excuse doesn’t make Packers fans feel any better about the decision.

Wrote one commenter on the Green Bay Press-Gazette website: "’Because we did it this way last time'? OH! Well I guess you can't argue with that. Just because I can't figure out why you would not want to fill Lambeau with happy fans, with all the implications for the local economy, is no reason to do it differently.”

To those who aren’t Packers fans, the private ceremony doesn’t feel like a big deal – after all, it’s not like the annual shareholders get to be team insiders (it’s not like they have a say in who Green Bay drafts every year or who will start the next time QB Aaron Rodgers sustains a concussion).

But Carucci makes a good point at the end of his column, writing, “Still, there's a part of me that also wonders, particularly during these frustrating times of lockout limbo, if it would have been possible to at least involve the shareholders so they could feel that added sense of attachment to their favorite team.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Packers fans upset at ring ceremony exclusion

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Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:36 am
 

Packers fans upset at ring ceremony exclusion

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Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: June 5, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Packers fans upset at ring ceremony exclusion

The Packer's income was ranked 16th out of 32 teams and they are the 9th ranked merchandize sellers ( Forbes.com ). Not bad for the "smallest market" team! Let's see a town as small as Green Bay generate 220+ million in operating income in any sport, in any part of the world!



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Packers fans upset at ring ceremony exclusion

Not a Packer fan but... I would tend to agree with the majority of Packers fans on this one... especially those shareholder Packer fans! What the hell do the players, coaches and official team personnel have to gain by a private ceremony?

You want a symbol of just how arrogant NFL Players really? You just got it!!  



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Packers fans upset at ring ceremony exclusion

Hugh Jardon your idea of ridiculous revenue is in exact opposition of the Packers financial statements. The team as a whole does not make a lot of money. They rely on revenue sharing like all small market teams.



Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Packers fans upset at ring ceremony exclusion

You will never have to deal with this situation Raiderforlife, as the Raiders will never win!

If I was an Oakland Raider fan, that might bother me.  Since I despise the Raiders and that mummy they have for an owner, I have no problem with that concept.  You're assuming that my user name refers to the Oakland Raiders.  Your assumption is as baseless as mine would be if I said you must be a Detroit Lion fan because of your avatar.  Instead, I did a little research, and see that you're actually a Cowboy fan.  So, as a FELLOW Cowboy fan, tell me I'm wrong about Jerry Jones.  Since I live in Dallas and experience a lot more of Jerry's greed than you do in New York, yes, I actually DO have to deal with "this situation".




Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Packers fans upset at ring ceremony exclusion

Yeah, that would be a classy move.



Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: June 5, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Packers fans upset at ring ceremony exclusion

The least they can do is provide it to be a public ceremony since us the fans own the team. The greatest professional football team in NFL history deserves nothing better than the best ring ceremony.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: June 5, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Packers fans upset at ring ceremony exclusion

I'd like to  see some Green Bay players, e.g. Rodgers, show some CLASS and refuse to attend the private ceremony. 


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