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Change to playoff ticket policy should be welcomed by Packers fans

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GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- National Football League(NFL) owners have made a change to their post-season ticket policy that should help the Green Bay Packers avoid controversies similar to the one that arose when the team qualified for the playoffs late in this past season.

NFL owners are currently meeting in Orlando, and during these meetings it was decided fans should be charged for playoff tickets only after their team makes the postseason and is assigned a home game.

"Basically, what the league approved for all teams was what we were going to move to, which is the `pay as we play' policy," said Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy, who is at the owners meetings.

Murphy said all teams voted for the new policy.

This past season, season-ticket holders buying tickets in advance had to pay for two possible playoff home games at Lambeau Field, with the Packers telling them money for unused tickets would be applied to 2014's season ticket purchases and not refunded. Those season-ticket holders didn't like the policy, according to those surveyed.

The Packers could ask season-ticket holders for a commitment to playoff tickets when invoices are mailed early in the year or near the end of the regular season, Murphy said.

"If it looks like we may make the playoffs, might host a game, do you want us to charge your credit card? But it will only be charged if we actually play the game," he said.

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