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Publicly owned Green Bay Packers

Right before the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl I found this great article that explains how a NFL team in a city of 102,000 people manages to survive and thrive.

The right way? The Green Bay way: Here’s how to fix professional sports in one simple lesson: Use the Packers model

And here’s a snippet from a New Yorker article: Those Non-Profit Packers

The Packers’ unique setup has created a relationship between team and community unlike any in the N.F.L. Wisconsin fans get to enjoy the team with the confidence that their owner won’t threaten to move to Los Angeles unless the team gets a new mega-dome. Volunteers work concessions, with sixty per cent of the proceeds going to local charities. Even the beer is cheaper than at a typical N.F.L. stadium. Not only has home field been sold out for two decades, but during snowstorms, the team routinely puts out calls for volunteers to help shovel and is never disappointed by the response. It doesn’t matter how beloved the Cowboys are in Dallas; if Jerry Jones ever put out a call for free labor, he’d be laughed out of town.

Tough Weekend for Wisconsin Sports

First the Badgers lose to Michigan after giving up a big lead, then the Brewers lose the second game of the series to the Cubs, and then on Sunday the Packers lose to Tampa Bay (and sustain more injuries). This could have been topped off by another loss to the Cubs today. However, the Brewers were able to pull through and beat the Cubs 3 – 1 to win the series and, thanks to the Marlins beating the Mets, secure a spot in the playoffs for the first time in 26 years! Sabathia, Braun and the rest of the Brewers helped clinch the National League wild card. World Series here we come!