On the Packers’s Ownership Model

Congrats to Green Bay for winning last night’s Super Bowl.

Probably one of the better games we’ve gotten in recent years (not featuring the Patriots).  What I love about the Packers and why people should root for them is their unique ownership model as a professional sports franchise.  They are not owned by a filthy rich billionaire, they are owned by the Green Bay community.

In 1923, the Packers were just another hardscrabble team on the brink of bankruptcy. Rather than fold they decided to sell shares to the community, with fans each throwing down a couple of dollars to keep the team afloat. That humble frozen seed has since blossomed into a situation wherein more than a hundred thousand stockholders own more than four million shares of a perennial playoff contender. Those holding Packers stock are limited to no more than two hundred thousand shares, keeping any individual from gaining control over the club. Shareholders receive no dividend check and no free tickets to Lambeau Field. They don’t even get a foam cheesehead. All they get is a piece of paper that says they are part-owners of the Green Bay Packers.

[via DF]

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