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Packers Shareholders Meeting Could Feature Labor Showdown

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaruice Smith. (courtesy of Pewterreport.com)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaruice Smith. (courtesy of Pewterreport.com)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Packers announced Friday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will attend the annual shareholders' meeting July 29th.

In a release, the Packers say Goodell is scheduled to answer questions submitted by shareholders after the conclusion of the meeting. Shareholders have the opportunity to submit questions when voting their proxies online, and also will be able to submit questions in writing the day of the meeting.

Now, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports NFLPA Executive Director DeMaruice Smith will possibly make a visit to Lambeau Field that day as well. Citing a union spokesman, Smith is finalizing his training camp schedule, and it's "very possible" he could show up to provide the union's take on labor negotiations.

A league source contends the most recent financial numbers for the Packers are disappointing. In 2009, the team's profits tumbled from $34 million to $20 million. The event may give Goodell a platform to demonstrate the owners' position that a better deal with the union is needed.

Parts of the Packers' annual report is expected to be released in the next couple weeks. The shareholders' meeting will begin at 11 a.m.

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