July 22, 2014

Packers rank 24th on Forbes list of World’s Top 50 Sports franchises

Forbes Magazine is out with the World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports franchises and the Green Bay Packers rank 24th in value, worth $1.183 billion.

What makes the Packers unique to this list is the fact that they’re publicly owned.

The top three teams on the Forbes list are soccer teams.  The New York Yankees rank 4th at $2.5 billion and the Dallas Cowboys are the first NFL team in at number 5 with a value of $2.3 billion.

Several NFL teams are in front of the Packers at number-24.  After Dallas at number-5, New England ($1.8 billion) is 8th.  Washington is 9th, the New York Giants are 10th.  Houston is 12th, the New York Jets 14th, Philadelphia is 17th, the Chicago Bears are 18th.  Baltimore is 19th, San Francisco 20th and Indianapolis is 23rd.


Packers add two to Hall of Fame

Ahman Green & Ken Ruettgers / Photo Courtesy of WLUK-Fox 11

Ahman Green & Ken Ruettgers / Photo Courtesy of WLUK-Fox 11

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame added two new members over the weekend.

Former running back Ahman Green and offensive tackle Ken Ruettgers are the two latest former Packer greats to be added to the Packers Hall of Fame.

Green remains the team’s all-time leading rusher, accumulating 8,322 yards during his career.  He holds a number of franchise records.

Ruettgers was a first-round draft pick in 1985 (7th overall) and anchored the left tackle position for a decade.  He started 140 games during his career and retired during the Packers 1996 Super Bowl season.

First year running back Eddie Lacy was given the organizations Rookie of the Year award, while wide receiver Jordy Nelson accepted the MVP award.

Former Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman was honored for his catch in the 2002 Monday Night Football game against the Vikings that he made on his back.  He was give the Memorable Moments in Packers history award.

Herman Reckleberg was honored with the Bart and Cherry Starr award.


Packers “Family Night” sold out

The Green Bay Packers announced the August 2nd, Family Night practice is sold out.  Nearly 73,000 tickets for the event at Lambeau Field have been distributed.  It’s the eighth time in its last 14 years the event has sold all available tickets.

“Family Night” features a full practice, including 11-on-11 sessions with live contact.  The evening remains family focussed and will feature a game-like atmosphere.

Gates for the event will open at 5:30pm, warm-ups are set for 6:25pm and the practice starts at 7:45pm.


Jolly cleared by his doctors to return

Free agent defensive end Johnny Jolly has been cleared by his own doctors to return to NFL action.  Now the 31-year old must convince teamsJohnny Jolly to give him an opportunity.

Jolly suffered a bulging disc in the C5 section of his cervical spine last December.

Jolly was a big factor in the Packers run defense during the first half of the defense, collecting 21 tackles and a sack in 13 games.  There’s still a chance he could play a role on the team as coach Mike McCarthy hasn’t closed the door on he or TE Jermichael Finley.

But the Packers have made plans to move on without Jolly if he’s not able to return.  They’ve drafted Khyri Thornton in the 3rd round, added Letroy Guion in free agency and re-signed nose tackle B.J. Raji.


Family Night tickets on sale today

Tickets for ‘Packers Family Night’ go on sale at 9am this morning (June 23).

All tickets are priced at $10 for the August 2nd event.

Family Night this year will feature a full practice instead of a scrimmage.  The full practice will include 11-on-11 sessions that will feature live contact.

The Packers will open their 2014 training camp on July 25th.