Following Tuesday's shareholders meeting in Green Bay, Packers president Mark Murphy addressed questions about player health and safety in regards to the litany of concussion lawsuits against the NFL. "The attorneys are almost shameless in terms of how they're pursuing and marketing the lawsuits," Murphy is quoted as saying by Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. "As a former player, almost on a daily basis now I'm getting letters and emails from attorneys asking me to join the lawsuits against the NFL. They're obviously not doing their research. It shows you, there's an active market out there." Murphy was a safety with the Washington Redskins in the '70s and '80s. While I agree there's plenty the NFL can do in terms of providing its former players with health insurance, I have a hard time finding the merit in lawsuits.
Mark Murphy also created a stir by publicly coming out against the proposed 18-game NFL regular season schedule on Tuesday. "I was in favor of it during the bargaining process because I saw it as a way to bring the parties together and reach an agreement . Now, to be honest with you, I couldn't support a move to two (preseason) and 18 (regular season). I just think with all the focus on player health and safety, it would be really hard to do that,'' Murphy is quoted as saying by the Associated Press. "And actually, I would be in support of a move to two (preseason) and 16 (regular season).'' It's going to be difficult to get everyone on board with the elimination of two preseason games and the loss in revenue that comes along with it. Stay tuned for this storyline in which the tides appear to be turning.
The warm reception general manager Ted Thompson received on Tuesday at the shareholders meeting was notable and was in stark contrast to the summer of 2008 during Brett Favre's divorce from the Packers. "Four years later, Thompson appears to be universally approved of by Packers fans," writes Paul Imig. "During the team's annual shareholders meeting Tuesday morning, the GM was given a standing ovation by 12,500 fans wearing green and gold inside Lambeau Field. There were organized shouts of 'We love Ted!' and 'Ted for President!' Throngs of fans clamored for his autograph afterward." It was a rare sight to see Ted Thompson signing autographs yesterday. But above all, it's great to see Thompson being embraced by the fans. He's made unpopular decisions as general manager, but he's always done them in the best interests of the team.
The shareholders meeting provided an opportunity for the team's owners to see the changes taking place now, including the installation of new video boards, and also hear about changes to Lambeau Field in the future, which will include additions and renovations to the atrium area of the stadium. "The current focus is on moving the pro shop across the way so it all can be on the ground floor and shifting Curly's Pub to ground level for easier access," writes Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The Hall of Fame then would move up to the second floor with escalators leading directly to it included in the renovation." There are also plans to add a second tower to the atrium. It's clear the Packers are being very proactive in keeping up with the Joneses in the competitive off-the-field world of the NFL.
The Packers have hired Ed Policy, son of former San Francisco 49ers president Carmen Policy, to be their new vice president and general counsel. "Policy, 41, spent nine years (2001 through 2009) with the Arena Football League, including two years as the league’s commissioner, president and CEO," writes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. "He also served as deputy commissioner and president, chief operating officer and executive vice president of strategic league development and legal affairs. During his tenure with the league, he oversaw all business and operations of the AFL, including strategic development, sales, finance, marketing, broadcasting, digital media, football operations, labor relations, events and human resources." Carmen Policy is very well known for his contributions to the 49ers, so if he's anything like his father, the Packers will have made a positive hire.
Pre-training camp position previews continue with wide receivers at the Journal Sentinel, receivers at the Press-Gazette, secondary at ESPNMilwaukee.com, linebackers at the Packers official website and safeties in general and in-depth articles at Packer Report.
A look at the Packers' salary cap issues and the contracts of several players including quarterback Aaron Rodgers comes from Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel.
A feature on the former Packers' "Golden Girl" appears at PackersNews.com.
Rookie quarterback B.J. Coleman talks about the start of training camp with a local newspaper in Tennessee.
Aaron Rodgers is named the most-important Packer of 2012 by Jason Wilde.
Video: Coverage of the annual shareholders meeting comes from Fox 11 in Green Bay...
Brian Carriveau is the editor at Cheesehead TV. To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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