The Official Website That Is Absolutely Terrible

Brandon RaderContributor IMarch 9, 2009


I imagine that most of the writers here are Internet junkies—I know I am. The Internet has created millions of ways to stay connected and get information about our favorite teams. But this is one fan who has had enough.

The Green Bay Packers website has got to go. Or at least the people responsible for it. 

Here we are in the midst of one of the most exciting offseason times of the year, and there are no official updates regarding free agency. Now yes, I know our GM is allergic to free agency, but not even a tidbit about who they talked to or visited with. Most every other team in the league at least mentions free agency. But no, not the Packers website. 

The top story as of right now is about picking your favorite plays from a 6-10 season. Exciting!!! 

Not even a mention of the lone FA pickup.

It doesn't stop with a lack of information. The Packers website is not exactly fan friendly. Most other teams now sport free message boards where their fans can come together in a safe environment and talk about football, the games, and everything else. 

The Green Bay Packers would rather charge their fans $50 for the privilege of having a community message board. $50 may not seem like a lot of money, but that is an annual fee, just to be apart of the community. 

Keep in mind this is the same organization that regularly sells out their stadium and has a waiting list for season tickets that spans decades. Combine that with the massive amounts of money involved in the NFL and I find it to be a complete ripoff.

I realise these things cost money to operate. But they aren't exactly in danger of running out anytime soon. It is also possible to generate funds from a message board without requiring your users to pay for it. Plenty of message boards include ads and links. Its nothing new, it has been done for years.

The Packers need to get with the times, and redesign their website for the fans. Do I expect Ted Thompson to write a daily diary of who he spoke to during FA? No, of course not. 

But when you have to learn second hand about a signing, it gets a little old. It makes one not want to bother even visiting their site at all.

Now, this was my first article. And I know I am not much of a writer, but this is something that has bugged me for quite some time, and I just felt like sharing.