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Packers Fan is Suing the Bears So He Can Wear Green Bay Gear on Field

Packers Fan is Suing the Bears So He Can Wear Green Bay Gear on Field
Published On: Tue, Jun 20
Dec 24, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears Defensive back Deiondre' Hall (32) enters the field with teammates prior to a game against the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field. Redskins won 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

This is the best thing I've read in quite some time. A Green Bay Packers fan and resident of Wisconsin, who is also the owner of five personal seat licenses at Soldier Field, home to the rival Chicago Bears, is suing the Bears because they refused to let him wear his Packers jersey during a pre-game, on-field experience for season ticketholders. Crain's Chicago Business first reported about the lawsuit. Before taking this drastic measure, the fan, listed in court documents as Russell Beckman, had several conversations with Bears ticket reps, and wrote a six-page letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to plead his case. He told the commissioner that if he did not respond in 60 days, he would file a suit. Goodell never responded.

In the letter to Goodell, which includes a second sentence that begins "This letter, which will be lengthy," Beckman argues passionately for his right to rep his team on the sidelines during pre-game warmups by noting this new policy is counter to the NFL's stated Football Operations mission, which he copy and pasted from the NFL's own website (into a footnote).


Beckman had been permitted to wear his Packers gear on the field for this same pre-game experience the two previous years, but it seems eventually the Bears got tired of seeing season ticket holders wearing Packers jerseys and hats on their own field. Beckman said he first became aware of the new policy when he received his confirmation for the on-field experience for the December 18, 2016 game against the Packers.

Beckman, who is also representing himself in the litigation, argues that as a personal seat license owner, the Bears are robbing him of a property right by denying him access to an experience specifically sold to season ticketholders like him. According to emails Beckman attached to the letter to Goodell, the Bears are claiming the experience is specifically for Bears fans, not Packers fans who also own PSLs at Soldier Field, and the policy is limited to only this pre-game experience. In response, Beckman says his second favorite team is the Bears.

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