We're just about 24 hours away from the kickoff of Super Bowl XLV. That’s Super Bowl 45 for those not literate in Latin. This year features what many consider the best defense in football, the second coming of the Iron Curtain, a team that has literally taken on the workman like attitude of the city it represents, Pittsburg. The Steelers are an anomaly in the flashy corporate world of the NFL. A franchise that rose out of a small market and has defied the odds of the free agent era, by cultivating its own young talent and who’s coaching and ownership is respected league-wide. Yet the Steelers hold the record for most super bowl wins and are second in overall appearances. They are seeking their 7th ring and their 3rd in the past six seasons.
Enter the Greenbay Packers, another antithesis of the NFL structure. Greenbay too, has risen from a small market and is the only publicly owned football team. No oil tycoons, real estate moguls or media icons call the shots for the Packers, they are owned by the fans and citizens of Wisconsin.
The Green Bay Packers Board of Directors is the organization that serves as the owner of record for the Green Bay Packers football club. The Packers have been a publicly owned, non-profit corporation since August 18, 1923. The corporation currently has 111,921 stockholders, who collectively own 4,749,925 shares of stock. There have been four stock sales, in 1923, 1935, 1950 and 1997. Shares in 1923 sold for $5 apiece, while in 1997 the shares were issued at $200 each.
Both of these teams have a rich tradition and have enjoyed success throughout many decades of football. They both embody more of what the NFL once was, rather than what it has become. They follow their own business models and have achieved more success than most of the corporate run, modern franchises.
Last season over 106 million people tuned in domestically and it is estimated that another 30-40 million tuned in globally. So this is it. Calling all seasoned pigskin prognosticators, political pundits, left-wing nut cases, right-wing idealists, moonbats, bleeding heart liberals, staunch libertarians or those who are just curious to see what type of commercial 3 million dollars buys.…chime in , lets hear your predictions for the game!