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BEARS OWNER MCCASKEY: IF YOU BUILD IT, WE WILL STAY
Published August 11, 1995
Bears Owner Michael McCaskey said Thursday that the franchise "may leave the state" if its January deadline for approval of a new stadium is not met, according to the CHICAGO SUN TIMES. McCaskey: "Four and a half months is all we have left to find a realistically doable stadium. If it's not looking like it's going to happen in Illinois, ...then we'll consider something else." Mike Mulligan and Fran Speilman write Chicago Mayor Richard Daley doubts McCaskey will give up his "exclusive franchise" in "the greatest sports town in America." Daley: "They'll never give that up. No one would give that up" (CHICAGO SUN TIMES, 8/11). IL Gov Jim Edgar is not as confident as Daley in the team staying, according to according to Pearson and Kiley of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Because of McCaskey's "warning" that he may move the team to "football-hungary cities such as Baltimore or Los Angeles," Edgar took the "extraordinary step" of traveling to the Bears' training facility in Platteville, WI and meeting with McCaskey "for more than a hour." NFL officials confirmed Thursday that McCaskey has talked to at least one city about relocating the Bears, and they added that the city was not L.A. (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/11). I LOVE L.A.? "Add the Chicago Bears to the growing list of NFL teams that say they are looking toward Los Angeles," writes Bill Plaschke in the L.A. TIMES. He notes that unlike the Seahawks and Cardinals who have also said they are interested in the area, McCaskey has admitted he is, at this point, using the move option as leverage in his stadium negotiations (L.A. TIMES, 8/11).