Policy change helps Packers avoid ticket criticism

Tickets to the Jan. 5, 2014 NFL playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers.
Tickets to the Jan. 5, 2014 NFL playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers. (WLUK photo)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – National Football League owners have made a post-season ticket policy change that will help the Green Bay Packers avoid the controversy that arose when the team qualified for the playoffs late in the 2013-2014 season.

Owners meeting in Orlando, Fla., decided fans should be charged for playoff tickets only after their team makes the postseason and is assigned a home game.

“Basically, what the league approved for all teams was what we were going to move to, which is the ‘pay as we play’ policy,” said Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy, who is attending the meeting. “We were very supportive of it. I think it’s something that’s going to be very good for the league.”

Murphy said all teams voted for the new policy.

Season-ticket holders buying tickets in advance had to pay for two possible playoff home games at Lambeau Field. And the Packers told them that money for unused tickets would be applied to 2014’s season ticket purchases and not refunded. Season-ticket holders expressed their displeasure with that policy in a post-season survey.

The Packers could ask season-ticket holders for a commitment to playoff tickets when invoices are mailed early in the year or near the end of the regular season, Murphy said.

“If it looks like we may make the playoffs, might host a game, do you want us to charge your credit card? But it will only be charged if we actually play the game,” he said.

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