Being president of the Green Bay Packers seems like it would be a pretty good job, except for the fact that you have to deal with 300,000-plus shareholders.
Because we really own the team, you know. And we have some ideas for how it should be run!
In actuality, shareholders have no say in how the team or organization is run. The executive committee, which you pretty much have to own a business that gives sponsorship dollars to the Packers to be part of, makes those decisions.
Some people don’t understand that and so they like to let Packers president Mark Murphy know what they think the Packers should be doing.
And, well, Mark Murphy thinks some of your ideas are stupid.
The AP did a profile of Murphy and when asked about the challenges of running a publicly-owned team, he had this to say.
“I think in the back of your mind, you always have to think how this will be perceived publicly,” he said. “You have to think things through it probably a little more carefully than otherwise. The other thing is, since everything is so public … with (360,000) shareholders, you know I do hear quite a bit from people with a lot of different thoughts — some good and some bad.
“But overall, I view it as a real positive. But it’s certainly different than other presidents of NFL teams.”
Now, we’re not chastising Murphy.
We KNOW some shareholders take this ownership thing a little too seriously and we know some of them like to give their input. Further, we know some of that input is ridiculous.
It’s actually rather comical that Murphy would publicly admit that.
But hey, that’s what you get when you fleece the football-loving public $250 a piece for worthless stock.