There are many perks to being a Chicago Bears season ticket holder, including an invitation to be on the team’s sidelines for pregame warmups.
Ticket holder Russell Beckman has been waging a yearslong fight in court for what he says is his right to stand on those sidelines at Soldier Field decked out like the die-hard Green Bay Packers fan he is.
Because what better way to show your loyalty to the Pack by writing a large check every year to Da Bears?
In June 2017, Beckman filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago against the Bears, alleging that in 2016 the team barred him from the pregame event at the Bears-Packers game because of his Packers gear; he sought to prevent that from happening again. The suit also named the National Football League as a defendant.
The lawsuit is pending. But with another Bears-Packers showdown on Dec. 16, less than two weeks away, Beckman is trying to ensure he’ll make it onto the field this time.
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