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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Crosby & Packers agree to deal

Good news.

Mason Crosby was the Green Bay Packers’ top priority in free agency, and the veteran kicker got a deal done less 24 hours after the window opened to negotiate with unrestricted free agents.

His agent, Mike McCartney, reported in an email sent to the Press-Gazette at 8:19 a.m. Wednesday that his client has agreed to terms on a five-year deal. No financial terms were immediately available, but it’s expected the deal will make him among the highest-paid kickers in the league.

Crosby, who has a 78 percent career accuracy mark on field goals, told the Press-Gazette on Tuesday that he was confident a deal would get done soon.

“Prior to (the lockout), we had some good conversations, and I think both sides seem to be very happy,” Crosby said. ”I know I’ve been happy here the last four years. I love my teammates, love the city, so I’m hopeful and confident we’ll have some good talks the next couple of days and get something done.”

New CBA rules prevent Crosby from signing the contract until 5 p.m. Friday. He also won’t be able to practice until Aug. 4, the first day of the league year.

Good kickers in cold-weather climates are hard to find. This should hopefully be an area that isn’t a concern for a number of years.

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Packers lose WR coach

The first defection from the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers coaching staff has occurred.  Jimmy Robinson, wide receivers coach, has signed on with Cowboys.

Robinson, 57, had been the Packers’ receivers coach since 2006. He will be assistant head coach/wide receivers with the Cowboys for their new coach, Jason Garrett.

Robinson’s ties with Garrett go back to the New York Giants from 2000 through ’03, when Robinson was their receivers coach and Garrett their backup quarterback.

The Cowboys will be Robinson’s sixth NFL team. He’s worked with receivers all of his 21 seasons as an NFL coach.

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Super Bowl Bound

That’s right the Packers are back in the Super Bowl!

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To get there the Packers had to go through Soldier Field and the Bears.

The Super Bowl, where best-of-show is earned and pro football history is made, awaits this version of the most historic franchise in National Football League history.

Fittingly and deservingly, the Packers made it to the big show by outlasting their oldest and most stubborn opponent, the Chicago Bears, 21-14 at Soldier Field Sunday.

An awesome game that became a nailbiter in the end.

From the start of a clear, cold Sunday at Chicago’s Soldier Field, the Packers showed why they were 3 ½-point favorites coming in the NFC championship game even though they were seeded lower than the Bears and playing on the road.

And when they’d finally survived the Bears’ shocking rally behind a third-string quarterback, the Packers had earned their 21-14 win and chance to join the pantheon of title teams from the NFL’s smallest city, which has produced 12 NFL champions, including three since the Super Bowl era began in the 1966 season.

The season will end where many thought it would … in Dallas.

The Packers moved on to the Super Bowl mostly on the back of a defense that’s become one of the league’s best and that in the last 12 games, playoffs included, has allowed an average of only 10.4 points a game.

Chicago finished with 301 yards in total offense Sunday but had basically nothing going for the first three quarters, in which it was shut out.

It wasn’t defense, offense, or special teams that has the Packers on the brink of their 13th NFL Championship, it was character.

“Really, with the way our season went, the trials and tribulations that we encountered, to me, that was how we were shaped,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s made us a better football team. It’s challenged our character. I think we’re really grown through it. Our players truly believe that we will be successful in Dallas, just like they truly believed that we were going to be successful here today.”

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