Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/6/11

Everyone seems to want a piece of Aaron Rodgers and the reigning Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers - even at $250 a pop.

The Packers launched a public stock sale Tuesday morning and the response from fans was akin to a Cyber Monday frenzy.

Within the first 11 minutes of the sale, the team said 1,600 orders were placed at a cost of $250 per share.

The stock has no value to buyers, with the expected $20 million yield from the sale expected to help finance an expansion of Lambeau Field.

Business was so brisk that would-be buyers complained that it was difficult to access the team's website and toll-free telephone number to order shares.

"Have patience," Packers president and CEO Murphy said at a news conference Tuesday morning. "Be patient."

It marks the fifth time in the franchise's storied history that the team has offered a public stock sale.

Green Bay is the league's only publicly owned franchise, with $112,000 shareholders holding an estimated 4.7 million shares.

Coming off their Super Bowl victory and needing four victories to match the 2007 New England Patriots as the only teams to go unbeaten in a 16-game schedule, the Packers' popularity is off the charts.

The team is expecting to sell 250,000 shares during the offering, which will run until Feb. 29, 2012.

It's somewhat appropriate that the final day of the stock sale will come during a leap year for a franchise that has made the patented Lambeau Leap famous after Green Bay players score touchdowns.

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