2-Minute Drill: Mark Murphy

We grabbed the Packers' president and CEO for a couple minutes between holes at the Packers Hall of Fame Golf Classic on Monday.

"It needs work," Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said of his golf game after walking off the ninth green during Monday's Packers Hall of Fame Golf Classic at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls.

Murphy talked to Packer Report publisher Bill Huber for a couple of minutes before Murphy drove off to the 10th hole with the rest of his group.

Bill: What does it say about the Green Bay Packers' role in the collective bargaining agreement negotiations that you've kind of been the point man for the league in national interviews?

Murphy: Well, yeah. I'm happy to help in any way I can. I'm a member of the committee. We're hopeful that we can get a deal done with the players. I think with my background as a player and having worked for the union, hopefully I can see things from the players' perspective as well as management.

Bill: How excited are you for the season to start?

Murphy: I'm very excited. I think we have a chance to have a good year.

Bill: Last year, you opened the new Ray Nitschke Practice Field to rave reviews. Anything new for training camp this year?

Murphy: No, we just tried to tweak some of the stuff. With Nitschke Field, I think last year people found out about it kind of as training camp ended. We're anticipating even better crowds this year. There's nothing like that in the NFL. To be able to watch the team practice that up close, to really be that close to the practice, is unique.

Bill: That's true. Look at Detroit, which has limited access to training camp, and the Buccaneers are among a few teams that are really limiting the public's chances to watch practice (going from 23 open practices to seven). Minnesota and Chicago shut out the fans after returning home from their training camps.

Murphy: Everything's right at Lambeau. A lot of teams have separate training camp facilities, separate practice facilities, separate stadiums. To have everything right together is good.

Bill: I know the financial data will be announced soon (Wednesday). How much of an impact does the sluggish economy continue to have on your finances?

Murphy: We're hopeful that this next year will be better. It wasn't as bad as 2008, but it still had an impact on us, especially in premium seating and some of the areas where people have a little more discretion.

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Bill Huber is publisher of Packer Report magazine and PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com, or leave him a question in Packer Report's subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at twitter.com/packerreport and Facebook under Bill Huber.

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