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  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

    http://www.packers.com/5k

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     
  • Sat., Aug. 02, 2014 5:30 PM CDT Packers Family Night, presented by Bellin Health

    ‘Family Night’ will serve as the introduction of the 2014 Green Bay Packers, in-person to a capacity crowd in Lambeau Field and on television to a state-wide audience.

    The event, which begins with in-stadium activities at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster care adoption program, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

  • Sat., Aug. 09, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDT Packers at Tennessee Titans Packers at Tennessee Titans

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NFL has never been better, except for one thing

Posted Mar 28, 2014

"Annual Meeting" painted a picture of peace and prosperity

GREEN BAY—The NFL has never been better. That simple fact resonated loudest at this week’s “Annual Meeting” in Orlando.

On what is that judgment based? Begin with revenue. It’s never been better.

Professional football is a business and businesses are about balancing revenues vs. expenditures. When you see the degree to which the NFL spends money, it’s obvious revenues are strong.

The league has new TV deals and they just keep getting bigger. NFL Network, whose startup costs made it a money pit in the network’s early days, is now closing on the grand vision Paul Tagliabue had for it when he persuaded owners to fund it. The TV situation is to point that the league has been able to blend NFL Network into its contract with CBS, which gives NFL Network major network status.

On the legal front, there is harmony. There are no Al Davis types within the current ownership, threatening to sue the league or challenge its orders. Los Angeles still needs to be addressed, but Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is merely waiting for the right stadium deal before it commits a team to LA. It’ll happen.

The concussion lawsuit that was the league’s gravest challenge a year ago at this time has by and large been settled; the league can handle any possible adjustment of the award.

There’s strong evidence the league has a handle on the concussion problem and head injury may not be as much of an issue heading into the 2014 season as it was going into last season. The players are on board with Goodell’s change-the-culture edict, which further underscores the harmony the league is experiencing.

Yes, the game is changing. It’s change that, at first, frightened everyone. Will the fans accept the change? Will the fans buy a kinder, gentler game? The answer would appear to be yes to both questions. That’s why smiles dominated the Ritz-Carlton Hotel this week.

Fans want to be entertained and entertainment is what the NFL does best. It is possibly this nation’s finest form of entertainment, and the continued growth of the NFL’s popularity says everything about it having turned the corner in this most major event in the evolution of the game.

What fans don’t want is for their children to play the game, and that’s the biggest and maybe the only truly threatening problem the NFL is facing this spring. The fallout from having aggressively addressed the concussion problem was that in doing so the league exposed the ugly side of football. It exposed to mother and fathers nationwide the dangers of allowing their children to play the game they love to watch others play.

Youth participation is in decline. Forget Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin. That’s a minor problem compared to a nation of children who are being driven past the football field on the way to the soccer field. It’s a trend that must be reversed.

The popularity of any game at the professional level is directly linked to its popularity on the amateur level. That’s why the NFL is pushing the “Play 60” youth football movement with the same intensity with which the league launched nfl.com not too many years ago.

“Play 60” will paint a picture of safety. It will attempt to erase the damage caused by concussion awareness, the class-action concussion suit by former players, the unchallenged veracity of the novel “League of Denial,” Brandon Meriweather and all of those hits on defenseless receivers that continued to dog the game in 2013. “Play 60” is football for boys and girls. “Play 60” is football for the whole family.

Selling it is the last hurdle. It might be the biggest hurdle.

 
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