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Bears Donate to Illinois COVID-19 Relief Fund

Chicago Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips released a statement noting that the Bears will donate nearly $2 million to COVID-19 relief efforts.

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Earlier today, Chicago Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips released a statement noting that the Bears will donate nearly $2 million to COVID-19 relief efforts. They are the latest to join a long list of Chicago sports franchises helping their community.

Many fans have been calling for this for a while and it’s finally happened. As much as people want to accuse the McCaskey’s of being cheap, recent history has shown they don’t mind spending money at all. Just look at how they allow Ryan Pace to stretch the salary cap to its limit, or how they spent $100 million on state-of-the-art practice facilities. They aren’t cheap, but they have also taken an aggressive approach in regard to increasing revenue year after year.

It’s hard to look past the fact that they raised ticket prices after a letdown season and also didn’t push back the deadline to pay for season tickets. While fans do appreciate the Bears for donating to COVID-19 relief funds, they would also appreciate not being obligated to pay for season tickets during these uncertain times. People are out of work and unsure of when life will return back to normal. Not every season ticket holder is wealthy. Some fans have to save for months so they can pay for their season tickets, and those fans will now need to use their season ticket money on basic necessities. It would be a shame to see longtime season ticket holders have to forfeit their tickets because of the pandemic. The next thing the Bears need to announce is that they’ll extend their deadline.


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