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Point of Veau: Super Bowl Ring Ceremony Deserves To Be Private

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Point of Veau: Super Bowl Ring Ceremony Deserves To Be Private

The Packers announced on May 26 that the ceremony in which the team will receive their Super Bowl rings will occur on June 16.

The announcement has gotten so much attention that the public relations staff of the Packers needed to clarify this week via a couple of mainstream media outlets that the event will be private, intended only for employees of the organization.

The Packers' decision to keep the event private, and in particular, not open to the shareholding owners of the franchise, has caught the ire of many critics including Vic Carucci of NFL.com, Bill Scott of the Wisconsin Radio Network and Mitch Nelles of ESPN Radio's affiliate in Milwaukee.

I understand the desire to involve the shareholders, without the support of whom, the organization may not exist. But the criticism of the Packers on this matter is unfair.

All fans of the Packers––from shareholders to season-ticket holders to the rank-and-file––were allowed to revel in the Packers Super Bowl victory with the large-scale Return to Titletown celebration in February. Tens of thousands filled Lambeau Field as they showed off the newly-won Vince Lombardi Trophy. So it's not as if fans haven't already received the opportunity to share in festivity following the Packers' 13th world championship.

And it's not as if celebrations are going to stop anytime soon. There will, no doubt, be an unveiling of the Packers' "pennant" during their first regular season home game this season (whenever that occurs). And I'm pretty sure they'll take the opportunity for all the shareholders to hoot and holler over the Super Bowl win when the organization's annual meeting occurs in late July. And there's already an ongoing exhibit at the Packers Hall of Fame recapping the 2010 championship season.

Still, fans aren't satisfied.

It's not enough that fans will be allowed to actually buy a Super Bowl ring of their own. It's not enough that they will be displayed at the team's Hall of Fame. It's not enough that images of the ring will be displayed on the team's website.

Fans are clamoring to be involved.

While I see no reason the ceremony can't be discreetly televised in the same manner the Return to Titletown event was televised or even webcasted, the Packers are fully justified to want to hold a private ceremony.

(On a side note, Cheesehead TV's own extreme Packer fan, Corey Behnke, who's been hired to broadcast world-wide attention-getting events such as New Year's Eve in Times Square and the launch of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, would be happy to professionally broadcast such an event on behalf of his fandom. But that's hardly my point.)

There is nothing wrong with wanting to hold a formal affair complete with a catered dinner to celebrate such an occasion. The presence of thousands of cheering fans––and unscrupulous autograph seekers––in a game-like or rally atmosphere would create a disjointed and uncomfortable mood.

The Packers have done more than enough to involve the fans. Let them have an evening to themselves without the presence of raucous fans.

They deserve it.

Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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WoodyG's picture

Vic Carucci, Bill Scott & Mitch Nelles can all suck eggs ....

Fans should be thrilled for the time that players & the team already set aside ..... Nothing lower than the paparazzi point of view ....

Chris K's picture

Completely agree from the start!

Let them have a private moment, they'be earned it.

PackersRS's picture

I don't think it's such a big deal.

IMHO, it should be a televised event, but it should be private. That way every fan can see the presentation and the ceremony, but players won't be consistantly bothered by autograph seekers and such.

Speaking for myself, I would like very much to see the presentation and the rings, see the players celebrating etc...

But I understand that they're gonna bring their families in there. I don't want them to feel uncomfortable with strangers in there.

It's their right if they don't want any cameras in there, but I don't think it would be that much intrusive to have the ceremony broadcasted.

I'm not talking about cameramen flying around closing up on Greg Jennings' daughter's face and etc...

But ultimately it's their right to hold it private, and we should respect it.

SpartaChris's picture

I think some things should be left private, for the team and their close friends and family. They've gone above and beyond to include the fans in Super Bowl Championship celebrations. I'm fine with this staying completely private, including the media.

Jack's picture

It would be cool to be able to watch it on TV, even if it weren't broadcast live. The players, coaches, and management might like to have it recorded for posterity, too.

JerseyPackFan's picture

This comment is not about the rings. Those Super Bowl Championship hats they selling are pretty damn cheaply made. The Packers patch falls off after you wash it! Whats the deal? They couldn't sew the thing on? I guess that's what you get when they make the hat in Bangladesh!

PackersThad's picture

I truly don't mind the ring ceremony being private IF the Packers record it or webcast it for the fans to see. In the midst of this lockout, the NFL has repeatedly said that it wants to find new ways to tap into its fans appetite for the sport. To not at least show the Packers fans the ring ceremony would be a disservice to Packers fans in my opinion.

To clarify, the Packers have NO obligation to share this with their fans. They do not have to record it so the fans could see, but it would be nice.

Brian, while I understand your point that there have been many celebrations so far, I can personally tell you that I have not seen many of them.

Starting from Super Bowl night, I've never seen any video of the Packers players, coaches and family celebrating in the locker room. If there is a complete video (not news clips) of Return to Titletown, I have not seen it either.

Maybe it's just me missing these things, but I have not seen these videos anywhere and as a Packers fan there would be no such thing as too much celebration for the Super Bowl (have you seen how much FC Barcelona celebrated?! lol!)

Brian Carriveau's picture

You do have to realize you live in New York, Thad. The Packers televised Return to Titletown both locally and to a national TV audience. While I realize the NFL Network isn't in New York, that can't be blamed on the Packers alone. They pretty much did everything within their power. And it was pretty much impossible for you to attend Return to Titletown, the Tailgate Tour or the Packers Hall of Fame without buying a plane ticket, but again, can you blame the Packers for that?

PackersThad's picture

No, I can't. Not at all. You are correct. But in this age of the internet, it is absurd that it isn't at least archived online.

So if I am at work during the ring ceremony and they do simulcast it live, then I hope that it would be archive so I can watch it later.

c.d. angeli's picture

I don't know, Brian. I do see your point on how the Packers deserve a "private moment", as they did earn it.

But I also see the flip side: Packer fans have not only come forward with their pure passion, but they have opened their pocketbooks in more ways than one. They paid a sales tax to renovate the stadium. They've seen ticket prices rise 600% in the last thirty years. They've paid seat license fees. And they've done it without the upper crust millionaires and corporate support that you might find in more populated cities.

Add to all that, they're publicly owned, plain and simple. They want a private ring ceremony, fantastic. But they can come out of their private suite and into the Atrium or the bowl and do it again for the fans and stockholders who have financed those rings.

The more expensive it becomes to be a customer of the Green Bay Packers, the more right we have to demand to be a part of the glory of victory.

packeraaron's picture

"Packer fans have not only come forward with their pure passion, but they have opened their pocketbooks in more ways than one. They paid a sales tax to renovate the stadium."

You mean the stadium they all sat in during "Return To Titletown"?

Point Packer's picture

Who cares. Let them have a private moment. This is not a big deal and wouldn't be even worth discussing if there wasn't a labor dispute.

Dear Vic Carucci, Bill Scott & Mitch Nelles,

Shut up.

Much love,
Packer Fans

PackersRS's picture

One thing occured to me. What are the chances that the Packers don't want it to be televised because they want to talk football?

If it's private, what will stop them from "breaking the lockout rules" and coaches and players talk about the next season, and what's happening?

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