Talking Points: Buy stock in the Packers



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Cheeseheads around the world might soon have a chance to own a piece of the Super Bowl champs.

The Green Bay Packers, the NFL’s only publicly owned team, are moving toward a new stock sale by the end of the year to raise money that would help pay for $130 million in renovations at historic Lambeau Field.

Each share would likely cost about $200 and include voting rights, though the value wouldn’t appreciate and there would be no dividends. Stockholders would be able to attend annual meetings at Lambeau, and enjoy such perks as tours of the playing field and locker rooms.

Best of all, they could legitimately call themselves NFL owners.


With the tragic news Sunday of a death of a runner at the Chicago Marathon, also came the joyous news of a birth.

Sadly, a 35-year-old North Carolina firefighter died while competing in the 26.2-mile race. William Caviness collapsed about 500 yards from the finish line. Paramedics were able to get his heart beating again, but he was pronounced dead at a Chicago hospital.

On a happy note, a pregnant Chicago woman completed the race and went into labor. A few hours later, she delivered a healthy baby girl. Amber Miller, an avid runner, got clearance from her doctor to run since the baby hadn’t been born by Sunday. She finished in 6 hours, 25 minutes, 50 seconds.

“Lots of people were cheering me on: ‘Go pregnant lady!’ ” she said.

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