NFC North Reporter
The Chicago Bears announced the hiring of team president Kevin Warren last week, in conjunction with the retirement of their current president, Ted Phillips. Warren has lived multiple lives within the industry, from being a practicing lawyer to opening his own agency and representing athletes, to working in football administration for the Detroit Lions and as an executive with the Minnesota Vikings. Most recently, he was the commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, headquartered in Chicago.
The hiring of a new team president doesn’t immediately seem like it would make a big difference for the product on the field. Team presidents are more often than not concerned with the business side of an NFL franchise.
They oversee ticket sales, marketing campaigns, community efforts and sponsorship deals. What they don’t often do is have the team’s general manager — and therefore the football side of the building — reporting to them as well.
Warren, however, will. It’s a responsibility reflective of his extensive experience in player contracts at the agent and executive level.
“It’s clear to me that given Kevin’s experience with NFL clubs and his interaction with their football operations, we should return to having the general manager report to the president and CEO,” said owner George McCaskey. “Ryan Poles remains in charge of our football operation with complete authority to do what he thinks is best for the Bears. Ryan and Kevin talked during our interview process, and we are confident that they and Matt will work together to give Bears fans the winner they deserve.”
With that in mind, this statement from Warren’s introductory press conference makes a whole lot more sense:
“I came here to win championships, to win the NFC North, to win the NFC, to win the Super Bowl, to help shepherd and lead a stadium development project, to embrace our alumni, to embrace our history and tradition and to embrace the absolutely incredible Chicago…
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Publish date : 2023-01-26 23:18:22
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