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Packers closing in on lottery deal

The Green Bay Packers apparently are poised to take advantage of one of the newest “oh crap, the car manufacturers don’t have any money what are we gonna do?” NFL sponsorship revenue streams.

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, CEO Mark Murphy told shareholders on Thursday that a deal is close with the Wisconsin State Lottery.

Multiple teams have reached agreement with state-run gambling operations for the creation of scratch-and-lose promotions that, for the small percentage who scratch-and-don’t-lose, entail merchandise and access.

Lotteries, while technically games of chance, routinely are regarded as a tax on the poor, who somehow can manage to put $5 of gas in that 1986 Fiero while buying $20 worth of tickets.

(And a carton of smokes.)

These deals are being done at a time that the NFL has sued Delaware for passing a sports wagering law that the league fears will threaten its integrity.

Apparently, the league’s dignity falls a rung or two lower on the priority ladder.
 

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21 Responses to “Packers closing in on lottery deal”
  1. LBPACKFAN says: Jul 30, 2009 3:28 PM

    Hey RagnartheViking…another RARE Packer post. Any comments for this one?

  2. Fan_Of_ Four says: Jul 30, 2009 3:32 PM

    Its pretty damn clear to me that the NFL doesn’t have any dignity at all, why else would they allow a POS like Vick back in the League ? The Packers sinking to new lows to increase revenues isn’t surprising when you have A$$ clowns like Mark Murphy and Ted Thompson running the show.

  3. steeltown22 says: Jul 30, 2009 3:37 PM

    Yet the Rooneys have to re-structure ownership because some stockholders own dog tracks. Makes perfect sense.

  4. Tundrastruck says: Jul 30, 2009 3:44 PM

    Funny to read how a lawyer thinks lotteries exploit poor people….that’s rich.

  5. hayward giablommi says: Jul 30, 2009 3:48 PM

    @ Mike
    All 32 teams are going to have lottery deals in place before long. Do we really need a news flash every time a deal is imminent?

  6. SpartaChris says: Jul 30, 2009 3:53 PM

    “Lotteries, while technically games of chance, routinely are regarded as a tax on the poor, who somehow can manage to put $5 of gas in that 1986 Fiero while buying $20 worth of tickets.”
    ====================================
    Who, besides you, regards them as a tax on the poor? A tax on the irresponsible maybe, but certainly not a poor tax. No one is holding a gun to their heads forcing them to play.
    Besides, I know many middle class folks who play as well. The lottery isn’t just a poor people thing.

  7. AutumnWind999 says: Jul 30, 2009 3:58 PM

    Tax on the poor?
    Come on. In a free country, people should do what they want with their money.
    The league is probably only suing Delaware in a half-hearted attempt to maintain its all-American image and avoid looking like it enjoys the great interest, and thus revenue, gambling draws to football. That, or it’s getting cut out of the profits in Delaware and wants to worm its way in.

  8. researchALLwars says: Jul 30, 2009 4:01 PM

    “”Lotteries, while technically games of chance, routinely are regarded as a tax on the poor,””
    BOOM!!!!
    You never know when or where the truth will come flying out.

  9. Bob S. says: Jul 30, 2009 4:07 PM

    Montreal Gazette – July 28, 2009
    NHL joins anti-gambling suit: The NHL has joined the other major sports leagues and the NCAA to fight a proposed plan to allow sports betting in Delaware.
    The leagues claim that “widespread legalized betting would threaten the integrity of their sports by creating incentives for cheating and game-fixing.”
    The protest smacks of hypocrisy. Pro sports teams have hooked up with state lotteries, accepted advertising from casinos, and one WNBA team plays its games in an arena attached to a casino.
    As for the incentive to cheat and fix games, it already exists with fans betting through illegal bookies and online services. If anything, a government-run betting operation would be better placed to spot irregular betting patterns that indicate the fix is in.
    phickey@thegazette.canwest.com

  10. Hobnail Boot says: Jul 30, 2009 4:17 PM

    Lotteries are not a tax on the poor, they are a tax on the stupid. Only commies think they are a tax on the poor.

  11. m22pank says: Jul 30, 2009 4:34 PM

    Shocker! Especially since the Wisconsin Lottorey already has football themed scratch offs that come in green and gold…

  12. jimicos says: Jul 30, 2009 4:40 PM

    hayward giablommi says:
    July 30, 2009 3:48 PM
    @ Mike
    All 32 teams are going to have lottery deals in place before long. Do we really need a news flash every time a deal is imminent?
    ———————————–
    ^ This.

  13. Mr Krinkle says: Jul 30, 2009 5:13 PM

    “Lotteries are not a tax on the poor, they are a tax on the stupid.”
    Bingo.

  14. Pack_Attack says: Jul 30, 2009 5:27 PM

    ’86 Fiero painted green and yellow semi-gloss and a brush. Laugh if you will they exist.

  15. GobiasINC_1 says: Jul 30, 2009 6:12 PM

    Fan_of_Four, please stop being a Packers fan. True Packer fans would like the team no matter who is in charge. But they ran your Southern Fried sweetie out of town for wavering on retirement for eight years. Oh, wait. Number 4 retired in the first place.
    I hate to ask, but what do you think of Aaron Rodgers?

  16. purpleguy says: Jul 30, 2009 6:19 PM

    Big deal, who cares. If they really want to make some ad money off Wisconsin fans, they’d cut a deal with the brewers of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

  17. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says: Jul 30, 2009 7:15 PM

    Green Bay is full of fat women!
    End of story

  18. jimicos says: Jul 31, 2009 10:50 AM

    GBISFULLOFFATTIES says:
    July 30, 2009 7:15 PM
    Green Bay is full of fat women!
    End of story
    ——————————-
    Nicely done. Your third grade teacher will be proud.

  19. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says: Jul 31, 2009 12:25 PM

    jimicos SAYS:
    “Nicely done. Your third grade teacher will be proud.”
    Blah blah blah…

  20. jimicos says: Jul 31, 2009 4:54 PM

    GBISFULLOFFATTIES says:
    July 31, 2009 12:25 PM
    Blah blah blah…
    ————————
    That’s actually the most intelligent thing you’ve posted on this forum.

  21. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says: Jul 31, 2009 5:45 PM

    jimicos
    No fat chicks
    GTFO!

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