Virginia McCaskey says Bears will stay in the family

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The father of Virginia McCaskey founded the Bears. After she passes, she believes the descendants of George Halas will continue to own the team.

In an interview with Dan Pompei of TheAthletic.com, the reclusive NFL owner said that the team will stay in the family “until the second coming.” (Some would say that day may be coming sooner than later.) More specifically, the 93-year-old matriarch of the McCaskey family, who still attends every Bears game, is confident that the family will still own and run the team “long after she is gone.”

Mrs. McCaskey owns 80 percent of the franchise. Estate taxes on a billion-dollar business with ever-growing worth could be difficult to pay (unless the estate tax goes away), and in multiple cases that obligation has forced the sale of teams.

When Halas died in 1983, Virginia McCaskey had no doubt that the family would keep the team.

“A lot of people were saying we should sell,” Mrs. McCaskey told Pompei. “It never occurred to me to do that. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing. . . . I still hope we can do better than we’ve [been] doing. We have to. People are so good. The Bears fans are so good.”

Mrs. McCaskey is a good and caring person, as evidenced by this observation, which sounds like nothing the stereotypically hard-hearted sports team owner would say: “My least favorite expression is next man up. It sounds so cold. It isn’t that. It’s caring about the injured player, getting the proper treatment and rehab, whatever is best for him.”

That attitude is good for the NFL. A Bears team owned the Halas/McCaskey family is good for the NFL, too.

26 responses to “Virginia McCaskey says Bears will stay in the family

  1. Speak for yourself Florio…I would rather they focus a little more on delivering a Super Bowl and less on fools like Alshon Jeffery who use a banned supplement rather than work harder.

    In all seriousness, I am glad the team is still in the hands of the descendants of Papa Bear, but at the same time, their loyalty to a fault holds the team back in many cases. Ted Phillips is still there, despite utter and complete failure to compete as a franchise. Jauron, Lovie, Trestman, and now Fox are all “meh” kinds of guys, because the franchise is afraid to be aggressive with their coaching hires.

    But there is something to be said about being in the top 10 in valuation as a franchise when they don’t even own their own stadium…

  2. Deep regard for the Bears and their tradition. Let’s all be reminded that George Halas lent money to keep the Packers franchise solvent–a tradition of looking out for what’s best for the game long term. Chicago is the place with the biggest root under the NFL tree.

    Respectfully,
    A Packer Fan

  3. “A Bears team owned [sic] the Halas/McCaskey family is good for the NFL, too.”

    For many years now it’s certainly been good for the teams that faced them.

  4. If there’s 1 area where I am pulling for Trump (I’m Libertarian and voted for Gary Johnson), it’s in tax reform. The estate tax is the most immoral, evil part of the tax code (and the entire concept of income tax is immoral; read the Constitution minus the 16th amendment). To tax money and possessions that have already been taxed is completely evil.

    As for the team, stability is usually a good thing, as long as loyalty doesn’t blind you. Good for them.

  5. Jimmy Harbaugh needs to make this his next coaching stop and give that lady some winning seasons before she exits. The NFL needs the Bears to be good again

  6. Even though the Bears have been terrible, since Lovie was fired…. I agree that it should stay with the McCaskey’s

    Jack Kent Cooke left the Redskins to a charity and John Kent Cooke didn’t have enough to buy back the Redskins.

    That’s how we got stuck with Dan Snyder.

  7. I figured you would have ripped her a new one for owning a team that fails year after year. Anyway, what does this have to do with TV ratings?

  8. And this is why this team continues to be amongst the worst in the NFL year after year. Sorry Bears fans. PS keep Cutler while your at it He’s BG’s best player year in and year out.

  9. One of the few things that NFL got right is to allow a team to be put in a trust. This was done after Al Davis died and his widow inherited the team. Before the change, Mark would ended up selling the team when Mrs. Davis dies since he would not have the cash to pay the inheritance tax.

  10. Based on the attention to detail paid to the Bears, I assumed the owner and the entire family had died long ago, and no one bothered to replace them.

  11. jgedgar70 says:

    If there’s 1 area where I am pulling for Trump (I’m Libertarian and voted for Gary Johnson), it’s in tax reform. The estate tax is the most immoral, evil part of the tax code (and the entire concept of income tax is immoral; read the Constitution minus the 16th amendment). To tax money and possessions that have already been taxed is completely evil.
    ==================================

    A democrat would find some way to call you racist for that.

  12. So, another team that will be owned by silver spoon kids who have zero interest in winning a Super Bowl and only care about giving the fans just enough lip service to keep the money machine printing as fast as it possibly can.

    Got it. Feel sorry for Bears fans.

  13. Jim Finks was the last guy in the Bears front office who knew anything about football at all. Since then they’ve been driven into the abyss by a truly inept run of GMs (Hatley, Angelo, Emery), with the even more incompetent and unlikeable Ted Phillips as the common denominator another level up.

    Ryan Pace has been hamstrung by the ridiculously bad health of many of his draft picks and FA pickups but if those guys all recover this offseason and he has a solid draft, I do think he has a chance to be a difference maker in that organization. He may have to show the stones and have the upper management backing to pull the trapdoor on Fox early to do it, though.

  14. Don’t worry Bears fan, the Lions are still 1000 times worse than the Bears. We have one (1) playoff win since Virginia McCaskey was born. We have the worst record in the history of the NFL on the books. And no one knows how to waste talent more than the Lions.

    Cutler is better than Stafford.

    Bears beat the Lions this year.

    Lions are easily the worst team in the history of the NFL.

  15. Cutler may not be the answer but any of you who think he is the reason the Bears aren’t winning is obviously not watching the games. This years Bears are just not a good team and it all starts with some really bad line play. and YES the qb position is also a big problem.

  16. The team is running by the Halas Hall accounting dept. and anyone who thinks otherwise has not been watching the team for the last 5 years

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