Packers To Raise Ticket Prices

Season ticket holders will have to dig deeper next year.

The Green Bay Packers today announced plans for a price increase on stadium bowl tickets for the 2012 season. The increase has a range from $3 to $5, depending on the section in the stadium bowl.

Invoices sent to season-ticket holders this week include a letter from Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy that discusses the increase.

“For the Packers, ticket revenue continues be an important component of our ability to remain financially competitive with the other 31 NFL teams,” Murphy said in the letter. “Our goal each year is to be at the league average in terms of our ticket prices. This increase maintains our position near the league average.”

Tickets in the end zone (sections 100-108, 131-138, 303-312 and 340-354) will increase $3 to $72, tickets from the 20-yard line to the end zone (sections 109-114, 125-130, 314-320 and 332-338) will increase $4 to $80, and tickets between the 20-yard lines (sections 115-124 and 322-330) will increase $5 to $92. Payment is due to the Packers ticket office March 30.

And if you want to complain about the increase keep this in mind.  Tickets are still cheaper than for fans of our division rivals.

Comparatively speaking around the NFC North for the 2011 season, the best sideline seat for the Vikings was $143, the Bears $140, and the Lions $110.

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R.I.P Jim Irwin

Long-time Packers play-by-play announcer Jim Irwin has died.

Family, friends, co-workers and sports fans across Wisconsin are grieving the reported loss of a voice who brought the excitement of world champions and favorite athletes into our homes for decades.

Hall of Fame announcer Jim Irwin, Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s longtime play-by-play voice of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and Wisconsin Badgers, has passed away.

Irwin’s daughter confirmed the information to TODAY’S TMJ4’s Mike Jacobs.

Irwin faced a battle with kidney cancer and had recently received hospice care in Southern California.

Jim became “the voice” of the Green Bay Packers on 620 WTMJ in 1975.

When Bender left in 1975, Irwin slid over to the play-by-play microphone, initially working with color commentator Lionel Aldridge, a former Packers defensive end, TODAY’S TMJ4 sports anchor and NBC Sports commentator.

Irwin wouldn’t give up that job for 24 years, working with former Packers wide receiver Max McGee for the final 20 of those seasons.

When he retired Jim Irwin had called more Packers games than other announcer.  While he is best remembered for being the Packers’ play-by-play man, he also called Bucks and Badgers games in addition to being a fill-in for Brewers games.

In his illustrious career, Irwin earned Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year 10 times, while being named to the Packers Hall of Fame and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

Irwin had a number of other roles as well at 620WTMJ and TODAY’S TMJ4.

He called Milwaukee Bucks basketball games on Newsradio 620 WTMJ from 1979-1993, teaming with analyst Jon McGlocklin during many of those years.

Irwin was present for 12 consecutive playoff appearances and three runs to the Eastern Conference Finals from 1980-91.

He also worked with Bender and former Badgers quarterback Ron Vanderkelen on Wisconsin football from 1969-90, while doing play-by-play on Badgers basketball during that time as well.

“Jim Irwin, he was one of the best play-by-play people that I’ve ever heard,” said Vanderkelen in a 2011 interview with Sorgi.

“He and I got along very well.  He said, ‘this is what your role is,’ and we just jelled very, very easily…It was just a pleasure.”

Irwin also called Milwaukee Brewers games during the 1970’s and 1980’s on Newsradio 620 WTMJ as a fill-in voice for Bob Uecker when the longtime Voice of the Brewers had national television responsibilities.

Condolences to the Irwin family on their loss.

 

 

 

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Dolphins To Hire Packers O.C. Philbin

Congratulations to Joe Philbin and best of luck as head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

The Miami Dolphins plan to hire Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as their coach, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Dolphins are expected to hold a news conference Saturday.

The hiring comes less than two weeks after Philbin’s son drowned in a Wisconsin river. After spending a week away from the Packers, Philbin rejoined the team last Sunday for its divisional playoff loss to the New York Giants.

Philbin has been with Green Bay since 2003 and has been offensive coordinator since 2007. Coach Mike McCarthy called the plays, but Philbin put together the game plan.

It’s another example of the price of success in the NFL over the past two years for the Packers.

With Philbin’s hiring expect the Dolphins to become a frontrunner to sign soon-to-be free agent QB Matt Flynn.  As James Walker over at ESPN points out:

He coached Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who arguably will be the NFL’s most sought-after free agent. If Philbin can help the Dolphins land Flynn, Miami definitely made the right choice with what was left in this year’s thin crop of coaches.

Philbin has the potential to make this hire a two-package deal from Wisconsin. Philbin and Flynn could be the exciting, fresh start the Dolphins need. Think Green Bay’s high-powered offense meets South Beach. Sounds intriguing, right?

The Dolphins, known for their dysfunction, did their best with what was left on the market. They missed out on the home run (Fisher). But they still hit a double (Philbin) that potentially could be stretched to a triple if Miami’s new coach uses his influence to snag Flynn in free agency. With Philbin now in Miami, you have to peg the Dolphins as one of the major favorites in the Flynn sweepstakes.

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Holmgren To Be Inducted Into Packers Hall of Fame

Congratulations to former Packers head coach Mike Holmgren.

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. announced today that it will induct former Packers head coach Mike Holmgren at the 42nd Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, to be held Saturday, July 21, 2012, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Holmgren joined the Green Bay Packers in 1992 and enjoyed a spectacular run as head coach through the 1998 season, including a victory in Super Bowl XXXI following the 1996 campaign. Launching his success with a 9-7 record in ’92, a five-game improvement from the year before, Holmgren led the team to a 84-42 overall record (75-37 regular season; 9-5 postseason); seven consecutive winning seasons, the first such skein since the 1960s; a club-record six consecutive playoff berths; a 47-5 record, including playoffs, in Lambeau Field; a club-record 25 consecutive home-field victories, the second-longest such streak in NFL history; 13 regular-season wins in consecutive years (1996-97) for the first time in team history; three straight NFC Championship Game appearances (1995-97), including back-to-back wins (1996-97); and back-to-back Super Bowl appearances (1996-97), the last such feat by an NFC team.

His overall win total, 84, is the third most in franchise history, trailing only Curly Lambeau, 212, and Vince Lombardi, 98. His winning percentage, .667, is tied with Lambeau for the second best in team history, behind only the .766 mark of Lombardi. With at least one postseason win in five consecutive seasons (1993-97), Holmgren is one of only three coaches in NFL history to have achieved the mark, along with John Madden (Oakland, 1973-77) and Bill Belichick (New England, 2003-07).

His 1996 Super Bowl championship team led the league in both points scored (456) and points allowed (210), becoming one of only 12 teams in NFL history to accomplish the feat and the first since 1972.

As one of the pieces of the puzzle that returned Green Bay to its’ winning tradition and brought the Lombardi Trophy back home, Holmgren definitely belongs in the Packers Hall of Fame.

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