The Green Bay Packers are arguably the most successful franchise in American professional sports history. They just missed this year from going to the superbowel.
But the most remarkable thing about the Green Bay Packers is that as an industry they are 100% publicly owned and operated for the benefit of their community.
Green Bay residents who own shares in the team. Packers' shareholders are a syndicate of fans organized to run their team, without the mediation of any private or public authorities. No one person has control of the organization that is democratically run by Green Bay Residents.
This is in contrast to the usual millionaire owners of sports teams whose operations are based on corporate welfare from the states and cities where their teams compete. The cost of sports stadiums to taxpayers across the U.S. is estimated to be between 7 and 9 Billion dollars. The owners risk is socialized and billions in profits are privatized.
Now, congressman Louie Gomert (R-TX.) says that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should "yank the franchise from the Packers and kick them out of professional football."
"All 0ther NFL teams are models of our capitalistic, free enterprise system. The Packers organization is communist in structure," says Gomert. "I bet if you asked the packers' shareholders to take an oath swearing they are not subversives or members of a group dedicated to overthrowing the government they wouldn't do it," he said.