Packers President and CEO, Mark Murphy, joined the Mike Heller Show yesterday to talk about training camp, player safety, and the new renovations at Lambeau Field.
Murphy on improving fan experience:
We are looking at a lot of different things. The issue is the experience at home watching the game is so good that we have to make sure we provide a good experience. The thing that’s really important to fans is connectivity. They want to be able to use their cell phones while they are in the stadium. We’ve made a number of improvements there. Cameras in the locker rooms so fans can get a behind the scenes to look at what’s going on in the locker rooms. There’s a variety of things we’re going to look at, changes in music and crowd noise. It’s not just in stadium experience; it’s the entire game day experience. You’re tailgating, what options we have in the parking lot, so we’re looking at the entire day and the entire experience.
Murphy on player safety:
There’s no question the biggest issue and risk we have in the league is the health and safety issues, particularly concussions. I think the biggest risk to the long term future of the league is the parents look at the game and say, “It’s too dangerous.” Obviously that eats away at your future players. It’s a little bit of a balancing act. What makes the game so popular is that it’s fast and physical. If we make rule changes and take away from that you could be taking away from the thing that makes the game so popular.