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Change at the Top Becomes Official for the Bears

There was an official change at the top for the Bears on Friday, as George McCaskey succeeded his brother Michael as the chairman of the board.

The change the Chicago Bears announced more than a year ago became official Thursday as George McCaskey succeeded his brother Michael as the chairman of the board for the franchise.

McCaskey, who had served as the team’s ticket office director since 1991, will represent the organization in league matters at a key time with the NFL in the midst of a lockout and a labor battle with the players.

Team president Ted Phillips will continue to run daily operations at Halas Hall and it has yet to be determined if there will be any perceptible changes to the way the club does business. Michael McCaskey had served as chairman of the board since 1999.

The first announcement after McCaskey’s promotion was an address change. While the Bears didn’t move the location of their headquarters in Lake Forest, they did officially change the address to 1920 Football Drive from 1000 Football Drive.

The change obviously marks the year the club was founded by George Halas as the Decatur Staleys.

“It’s humbling and exciting,” George McCaskey announced on the Bears’ team-controlled website. “All that my brothers and sisters are asking of me is everything that I’ve got, and I’m sure Bears fans expect nothing less than everything that I’ve got, and that’s what I intend to give.

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