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Staff writer Daniel Kaplan covers the NFL, finance and tennis.

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Bears Reorganize Business Staff Following Hibbs' Departure

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 27 / 16

The Bears plan to announce later today a reorganization of business staff to account for the February departure of VP/Sales & Marketing Chris Hibbs , who left to become CRO for the new Rams stadium. Bears VP/Communications Scott Hagel was promoted to Senior VP/Marketing & Communications a...

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