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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
BBAO: Packers revenue steady

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and meaningful holiday weekend. Now let's get back to work.

In explaining why the Green Bay Packers haven't yet instituted pay cuts during the lockout, president/CEO Mark Murphy made an interesting revelation: The franchise's revenue hasn't yet fallen off. Here's what Murphy told Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette:
"Each team has to make their own decisions, and some teams have been affected already. We're very fortunate I think with the type of fans we have and the success we had last year. We haven't seen a drop-off in ticket revenue or premium seats, where some of the other teams in the league, they've already seen losses in revenue."

The Packers have seen a small reversal in corporate sponsorships, as Murphy suggested they might earlier this spring, but to this point Packers fans haven't reacted to the lockout in a negative way with respect to their wallets. We've extensively discussed the idea of paying for season tickets during a lockout when no games are guaranteed, but it's clear that the alternative -- giving up and heading to the back of a long waiting list -- isn't a realistic option for many.

To this point, at least, that decision has saved jobs and maintained payrolls within the Packers organization.

Continuing around the NFC North: