Policy change helps Green Bay Packers avoid ticket criticism

GREEN BAY (AP) — National Football League owners have made a post-season ticket policy change that will help the Green Bay Packers avoid the controversy that arose when the team qualified for the playoffs late in the 2013-2014 season.

Meeting in Orlando, Fla., owners decided fans should be charged for playoff tickets only after their team makes the post-season and is assigned a home game. Packers CEO Mark Murphy says all teams voted for the "pay as we play" policy.

Season-ticket holders buying tickets in advance had to pay for two possible playoff home games at Lambeau Field. And the Packers told them that money for unused tickets would be applied to 2014's season ticket purchases and not refunded — something fans weren't happy about.