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Packers Daily Links: 77 Percent of Waiting List Offered Season Tickets Accept

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Packers Daily Links: 77 Percent of Waiting List Offered Season Tickets Accept

The numbers are in regarding the new south end zone expansion at Lambeau Field and approximately 7,000 new seats being added. "About 105,000 people were waiting for season tickets before the Packers started selling the new seats," reports Richard Ryman of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "Aaron Popkey, the Packers’ director of public affairs, said that of the 5,000-plus offered tickets, about 77 percent bought them. He said 1,500 existing ticket holders chose to move to the new south end zone, mostly in level six, which is general seating." I was rather surprised that only 77 percent of those offered season tickets chose to accept. Perhaps they weren't offered their desired Green or Gold ticket package, which would influence their decision. But for those who have been on the list for presumably decades, I would have expected the percentage to be higher.

First round draft choice Datone Jones remains unsigned, and Bill Huber of Packer Report explains that the guaranteed money part of the contract is what is likely holding up the process. "That makes the contract signed by (Alec) Ogletree — the player nearest Jones to be signed — a potential sticking point," writes Huber. "Not only are Ogletree’s first three years guaranteed, but if he’s good enough to stick around for his fourth season, he will receive a $350,000 roster bonus and a $350,000 bonus for showing up to training camp." With still a month to go until training camp, there's no reason to be alarmed Jones remains unsigned. This should not, and likely will not, be an issue that forces a holdout.

ESPN's Jeremy Schaap made a verbal slip up on air Wednesday and said Aaron Rodgers was implicated of murder instead of Aaron Hernandez, an incident outlined at JSOnline. An online video of Schaap's faux pas "went viral," prompting a response from Rodgers on Twitter saying, "Not funny ESPN." With a lack of context, it was difficult to tell whether Rodgers was being glib or he was legitimately angry. Schaap quickly corrected himself on air, which the viral video did not include, which likely only added to the confusion.

More on Aaron Rodgers comes from Acme Packing Company, TMJ4 and the Packers official website.

The Xs and Os series on the Packers defense continues at AllGreenBayPackers.com with the Psycho package.

Comments from Mike McCarthy on training camp being held at St. Norbert are shared at PackersNews.com.

Commentary on LeRoy Butler's suggestion that the Patriots trade for tight end Jermichael Finley come from Acme Packing Company, Lombardi Ave. and Packer Report.

More thoughts on Desmond Bishop, Mossy Cade and the Packers' recent success are posted at Lombardi Ave.

An article on safety Morgan Burnett is published at Packer Report.

Video: A look at the renovations taking place at Lambeau Field come from Fox 11 in Green Bay...

Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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Mitch Mundane's picture

Get real. People are hurting. Packer tickets are a want not a need anymore for people on the edge.

DHoward's picture

Thirty years is a long time. What was once financially realistic and worth the sacrifice at age 40 doesn't seem practical at age 70. I'm actually surprised the rate of acceptance was that high.

I put my son on this list when he was born 9 years ago. Last year he was 54,885 on the waiting list. The year before is he was 55,270 on the list. At that rate, it'll be much longer then 30 years before he gets that glorious letter.

JakeK's picture

In my mind, 77% is high.

The best seat in the house is your own couch & your HDTV... For pennies on the dollar.

Tommy G's picture

I just hope that those who did purchase the tickets actually go to the game; or that their Packer loving friends do. I don't want to see the south end zone become an away supporters section.

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