If you thought the Brett Favre goodwill tour through Wisconsin last weekend was only about healing old wounds, glad tidings and remembering a great player, you are sorely mistaken.
It was also about cash.
Brett Favre and his business partners were there to make some of it off of people just like you.
Favre did two autograph signings during the weekend. One was in Green Bay on Saturday, prior to his Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and one in Madison on Sunday.
As is standard procedure, the Packers Hall of Fame charges people for a ticket to the former, which is actually a VIP reception of sorts. You get to booze it up and/or stand in line to meet or get something signed by the inductee. There are other former Packers there too, so you can badger them if you like, as well.
Sunday’s event is a different story. It had a price list.
So, go ahead and check off what you’d like right there.
Want Brett to scribble his name? Well, you can make that happen for between $219 and $399.
Maybe you want him to write a couple words, like “Best Wishes?” That’ll be another $159, but be careful. He’ll charge you per word if you go over three!
How about a photo with the old gunslinger? Oh… wait… a professionally-taken photo!
Oh, and it looks like you’ll have to pay some money just to get into this thing because tickets are limited! Maybe you can just pay for the ticket to enter and then stare longingly at Brett for an hour or so before they kick you out.
I mean, what kind of horseshit is this?
We’ll tell you what kind of horseshit it is.
Autograph signings usually work like this. An organization pays the player a fairly substantial upfront fee to make an appearance. For an hour of Favre’s time, we can pretty much guarantee you that rate was not less than $10,000.
So the organization has to recoup that money somehow and they do that by charging people for the autographs and such. Then they have the costs associated with all of those balls and helmets they bought for the player to sign. So that gets passed on too.
These guys mentioned that part of the proceeds of the signing went to Favre’s charity, so maybe Brett lowered his rate slightly for this particular appearance.
Clearly, the real loser in all of this is the fans. Because what dipshit would pay almost $400 for a photo with Brett Favre?
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) July 20, 2015
I had him sign my polish sausage.
And then he showed me a picture of his.
Leave Brett alone, the man is entitled to charge a couple bucks so he can provide for his family and put food on the dinner table. I’m getting a little sick of all this Favre bashing, as if he was some cash greedy diva athlete who really, really needs the money, or something.
Legends also ran the one in Green Bay, it’s the same deal.
Be nice if some young Packer fans could get a Favre picture and autograph, ya know…bite my tonque, maybe for nothing, or like $20….Maybe it’s a single mother of the child making $14,000/year. She can’t/isn’t going to just fork over $219 for an autograph, so basically poor Packer fans are just shit out of luck. But remember…….Brett is just a normal guy, blue collar guy….I guess Brett was right in his speech, it’s all about the fans, he appreciated the fans so much, i almost, almost, saw him try to shed a tear. So if the fans of Green Bay that loved him, supported him and bought all his shit over the course of 16+ years and want an autograph for your kid, Brett wants $219 please, or get out.
I am sick to death of hearing all this “put food on the table” and “provide for my family” bullshit. The guy made well over $100 million dollars just from football. Probably at least double that with endorsements. I don’t begrudge anyone the opportunity to make a legitimate dollar, but stop with the “common man” approach. If Favre or any of these other guys is worried about putting food on the table then they seriously fucked up along the way.
All I’m saying is I’d much rather hear “i’m charging $379 for a photo because I can and you’ll pay it.”
I can just see it now….Little boy comes up to Brett for an autograph, Brett says: “Sure i can give you an autograph little man”..”where are your parents”? Little boy points to them..Favre says, “Well just go over to your dad and get $219, then go to the back of the line down hallway C, and get in line” favre tells the little guy as he pats his head.
Nobody was forced to buy an autograph so who cares?
Yes, it’s horseshit, but what if it was much cheaper or even free? The average blue collar fan would still get shafted by a throng of guys looking to hock all that signed memorabilia for a huge profit online. At least this way, the people who paid did so because it really meant something to them.
The fuck was crying tears of joy on Lambeau field thinking of all that sweet sucker cash he was going to rake in.
Unless you hang out with someone, how is a picture like this suppose to mean anything?
“Yeah remember we met for 15 seconds and I paid $400 to take a picture with you? I had such a great time!”
I’d say save your money and photoshop that shit. It would probably be cheaper to drive to Mississippi and snap a photo with him at his daughters volleyball game when he isn’t looking. Plus it would make for a better story.
Maybe the tears of joy were for all the money he was going to make.
Funny thing was, i never saw a tear, hard to pretend you’re crying when you can’t muster a tear.
You mean he doesn’t really love the game and his adoring fans? You’re implying he’s doing it to cash in before the fucktards forget his name? I’m shocked! Shocked and dismayed!
Really? I am sure it was more Legends of the field that will be making money on this deal. Brett Favre has more money than many of us can dream of. I am sure it was more the people planning all this that thought they could make money from this. He signed for 2 hours, really the amount of money he made he probably could care less about.
Check this link out about a signing for Tom Brady, http://www.newenglandpicture.com/info-tom-brady.html His signings were more and they were private. There are so many other people out there trying to make a buck off of Brett Favre. Give the guy a break!
He still did the appearance and met the fans. If all the Favre bashers want to make him look bad over this than so be it. I thought he was very sincere when speaking to the fans. He spoke to the fans at Lambeau for 20 minutes when he could have just walked on the field and waved to the crowd and walked off.
Yea, He spoke to the fans, and didn’t bring up even one instance (there were many) about when he disrespected the Packers and it’s fans. But….sheep will be sheep. Enjoy your purple #4 jersey.
Yes, he did. When he mentioned entering Lambeau through both tunnels, implynig he preferred walking out from the home one (and thus preferred being a Packer, that or getting cheered instead of booed, probably both, I believe the former being the major point of emphasis). Furthermore, why in God’s green Earth would he speak at length about something so divisive and awkward at an event celebrating his career and his re-entrance into the Packer family (in most peoples’ eyes)? Same fucking deal for him not thanking TT, who he really owed no thanks to in all honesty. You wanted an apology, yiou fucking got it, or as close as you’re ever gonna get to it. Deal with it and move on, he ain’t gonna get on bent knee and kiss your toes ffs. You’re starting to sound a lot like Wolf regarding this issue, PF.
Well, that sounds logical.
“I’d rather come out the Home side”…Nuff said…Gee, i just got all choked up…all forgiven.
He could have showed some class, won back some fans, by talking about it. I didn’t say he had to speak at length about it fucktard, don’t put words in my mouth. But he could have spoke about it in general terms, expressed some regret, 2-3 minutes of that would have gone a long way, but he did what he does best, nothing, other than acknowledging the people that work at Lambeau by name for a 1/2 hour.
I also didn’t say he had to “thank” TT. I said he didn’t mention him, but again, thanks for speaking for me. WTF is wrong with you? Fabricate much?
As far as Wolf and i. Here’s the difference…I’ve stated before he deserved the ceremony. All i’m saying is that he missed a golden opportunity.
I take it that Brett Favre is the only professional athlete that charges his fans for the chance to get a picture and/or autograph, right? And that Legends of the Field isn’t making a dime off of these appearances after they’ve paid Favre? People, please. This is the “price” we as fans have to pay to get what was once free. It’s not just one athlete that does this and it’s not just the athlete who profits from it. Sure, Brett Favre doesn’t need any more money, but I have yet to hear the story where he’s twisted someone’s arm to pay to meet him.