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Packers president hopes Favre returns for game this year; team could have London game soon

  • In this image taken with a  fish-eye lens, Green Bay Packers shareholders listen as president Mark Murphy addresses them from the stage inside Lambeau Field during the NFL football team's annual shareholders meeting Thursday, July 24 2014m in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES

    In this image taken with a fish-eye lens, Green Bay Packers shareholders listen as president Mark Murphy addresses them from the stage inside Lambeau Field during the NFL football team's annual shareholders meeting Thursday, July 24 2014m in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy addresses several thousand shareholders from the stage during the NFL football team's annual shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field, Thursday, July 24 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES

    Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy addresses several thousand shareholders from the stage during the NFL football team's annual shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field, Thursday, July 24 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

  • Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson addresses shareholders from the stage during the NFL football team's annual shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field, Thursday, July 24 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES

    Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson addresses shareholders from the stage during the NFL football team's annual shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field, Thursday, July 24 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/The Green Bay Press-Gazette, Jim Matthews) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

The Green Bay Packers painted a rosy forecast to shareholders of the future of the NFL's only publicly-owned franchise.

The team remains a strong contender, while the franchise appears in strong financial health. The wait for season tickets remains long.

Players report for training camp Friday. Preseason is usually when talk resurfaces about a potential return for retired quarterback Brett Favre, and the topic came up again Thursday with reporters after team president Mark Murphy spoke to the roughly 14,700 in attendance at the shareholders meeting at Lambeau Field.

Murphy said he is hopeful that Favre can return for a game this year, though not to retire his No. 4 jersey just yet.

Murphy also said Green Bay could be playing a game in London in the next few years.