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Packers review playoff ticket policySubmitted: 01/13/2014
Story By Associated Press

GREEN BAY - After playoff tickets sold slowly, the Green Bay Packers will take a fresh look at the team's post-season ticket policy.

The Packers had trouble selling out the home wild card game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Sponsors stepped in and bought the remaining tickets.

That ensured the game would not be blacked out in most Wisconsin TV markets.

The Packers offered post-season tickets to season ticket holders around Thanksgiving when the team was struggling without quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The policy required the purchase of two possible home playoff games.

Any games not played would be credited to next year's season ticket purchase.

Packers President Mark Murphy says the team will survey fans to learn how to better handle the situation next time.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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