April 11, 2021

George McCaskey voted against adding 17th regular season game, per report

The NFL officially added a 17th regular season game Tuesday. The vote apparently was not unanimous among the 32 NFL owners.

According to a report from ESPN, Bears chairman George McCaskey was the lone vote against expanding the NFL regular season. ESPN cited four sources who were on the videoconference.

Why exactly McCaskey voted against the move remains unclear. McCaskey last spoke with the media in January.

The NFL and the NFLPA set the 17th game into motion a year ago when they agreed to their latest collective bargaining agreement.

Some players voiced their dislike for the additional game. Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson called it “complete BS” on Twitter. New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara wrote on Twitter that a 17th game was “dumb.”

The Bears will play at Las Vegas with their 17th game. The NFL’s 2021 schedule will be released later this spring. The vote was bound to pass, but it should be interesting to hear McCaskey’s reasoning for his vote.

Sean Hammond

Sean is the Chicago Bears beat reporter for Shaw Media. He also contributes to high school football coverage at Friday Night Drive. Sean has covered various sports at the amateur, college and professional levels since 2012. He joined Shaw Media in 2016.