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Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren Named Chicago Bears President And CEO

Update, 1 p.m.: The Big Ten released a statement Thursday afternoon following the news that its commissioner, Kevin Warren, accepted a job as the next president and CEO of the Chicago Bears.

“The Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) for the Big Ten Conference is grateful to Commissioner Kevin Warren for his valuable service to the conference and its member institutions over the past three years,” the statement read. “He has guided the conference with an innovative spirit, a passion for people and exceptional business acumen.”

Furthermore, the statement called Warren a “pivotal” piece in expansion, as well as the new media rights deal.

“He has been dedicated to building inclusion and equity in the conference while championing mental health and wellness,” the statement said. “We thank him for his service and wish him the very best in his new endeavor as the president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Bears.”

The statement concluded by saying the conference will work with Warren during this “transition phase” while beginning the search for the next commissioner.

Original Story: Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren has been named the Chicago Bears’ new president and CEO, as announced by the team Thursday. Warren served as the conference’s commissioner since 2020.

“Kevin is a man of integrity, respect and excellence, all of which are critical core values of the Chicago Bears, and we welcome his perspective and diverse thought to lead this storied organization,” said chairman George McCaskey in a release. “In this role, Warren will serve in the primary leadership position of the franchise to help bring the next Super Bowl championship trophy home to Bears fans.”

“I am honored and recognize the responsibility bestowed upon me to lead the Chicago Bears during this exciting and pivotal time for the franchise,” Warren wrote. “I look forward to building on the rich tradition that started with George Halas and connecting with the unique and vibrant fanbase in Chicago. I join the Chicago Bears with gratitude and drive to carry out and build upon the legacy and spirit of this founding franchise and my predecessors.”

As commissioner of the Big Ten, Warren was responsible for securing the media rights deal that will govern the conference beginning in July 2023. As a result of the reportedly $8 billion agreements, the Big Ten will be televised by FOX, CBS, and NBC.

Warren also oversaw the Big Ten’s future additions of USC and UCLA in June.

Before entering the college football sphere, Warren previously worked for the Rams, Lions, and Vikings in the NFL. Beginning as a team vice president for player programs and legal counsel, Warren eventually worked his way up to the Vikings’ chief operating officer position, which he vacated in 2019.

There is currently no public timetable for the Big Ten’s search for Warren’s successor. The Big Ten could not be reached for comment at this time.

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