GREEN BAY, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Green Bay Packers' president Mark Murphy believes that over-exposure could be an issue for the N-F-L. Murphy spoke Tuesday at a business breakfast in Milwaukee, where he responded to a recent claim by Dallas Mavericks' owner Mark Cuban that "hogs get slaughtered" and the N-F-L is "getting hoggy."
Murphy said he thought Cuban was referring to the league's expanded Thursday night T-V package in which games will be shown on both C-B-S and the N-F-L Network. Murphy says Cuban has good words of caution, but he notes that all but one of the 35 highest-rated T-V shows from a year ago were pro football games.
With ticket prices rising above 100-dollars along the yard lines at Lambeau this year, Murphy said the Packers need to be mindful of offering the best possible game experience for fans. He also mentioned the possibility of variable ticket pricing -- lower costs for exhibition games, and higher prices for the most attractive games on the schedule. Murphy said, though, that Green Bay won't be the first to do that.
He also sidestepped reports that the Packers are working on a contract extension for coach Mike McCarthy. He said G-M Ted Thompson is handling that.