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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Unfunny April Fool's joke for Packers' fans

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Reeling over losing its second NFL team to the Meadowlands in New Jersey, New York City football fans had a brief moment of excitement on this day 29 years ago.

That's when New York City Comptroller Harrison Goldin called a news conference to announce the city would purchase the Green Bay Packers to replace the Giants and Jets. He said the city had purchased $4 million in Packers' stock and would relocate them.

It created a brief buzz among New York reporters until Goldin's aides reminded them of the date.

April Fool's.

Packers' fans surely wouldn't find it funny. But the most educated among them would have known that wasn't possible given that the team's articles of incorporation prevent any person or entity from owning more than 200,000 shares of the team, a move that would protect anyone from taking control of the Packers. There are more than 5 million shares currently owned by more than 360,000 stockholders.