Mark Murphy confident season will start on time at Lambeau

Like a lot of teams are doing, the Green Bay Packers are making their best effort to keep their fan base informed of what’s going on with the slant, of course, being on the side of ownership.

Packers president Mark Murphy tells the team’s season-ticket base to expect the NFL regular-season opener to be played on Sept. 8 at Lambeau Field, sticking with the recent tradition of Thursday starts to the season.

"We appreciate your continued support of the Packers, and I look forward to seeing you back at Lambeau Field this fall for another thrilling season," Murphy wrote, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "As defending champions, we're especially excited to host the NFL's season opener Thursday night, September 8. We have some tough issues to resolve between now and then, but I'm confident that we will be able to find a resolution that works for the players, owners and fans."

He drove home the primary points ownership has been standing by for months now.

"As a member of the bargaining committee, I was hopeful that the proposal would form the basis for further negotiations with the union," Murphy wrote. "Unfortunately, instead of negotiating further, the union and its outside lawyers walked away from collective bargaining and the federal mediators in order to file a lawsuit. This merely delays the process of reaching a new long-term agreement."

As we speculated long ago, the Packers will likely be scheduled to host the Chicago Bears in a rematch of the NFC Championship Game or the New Orleans Saints in the kickoff game to the season. Whether or not that game gets played, well, not everyone is as optimistic as Murphy at this point. The complete NFL schedule is expected to be released later this month.

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