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Chicago Bears players will not be allowed to have their own TV or Radio shows (Updated)

Whether having a regular media gig is an actual distraction or not is no longer something the Chicago Bears will be bothered with. Under the new regime, Bears players will not be allowed to do TV or radio shows.

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Last season former Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall spent his off day travelling to New York to film Inside The NFL for Showtime. The perception that gave was that he wasn't 100% focused on the 2014 season. Marshall wasn't the only Bear to have a regular media gig. Lance Briggs, Jay Cutler, Jermon Bushrod and Jon Bostic, to name a few, all had regular weekly appearances in either local radio or television.

This will no longer be an issue.

From Peggy Kusinski of NBC Chicago;

CSN Chicago report by Moon Mullin: ‪#‎Bears‬ brass puts the hammer down on ALL player radio & TV appearances!

per report: managerial and coaching staff are letting the players know that they will not be allowing the players to have their own radio or television shows/segments any longer. That means there can be no "Jay Cutler Show" on WMVP-AM/ESPN 1000, no weekly segment on a local radio morning show, no defensive star hosting his own program on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, no segments on any local TV news Sunday night sports wrap-up show, and no regular appearances on any national show, such as what Brandon Marshall did last year with Showtime's "Inside The NFL"

What are your thoughts on this decision by GM Ryan Pace and head coach John Fox?


John "Moon" Mullin has clarified his original report.

But here's the original snippet from Moon's article last week.

In addition, sources told that outside radio/TV gigs were not going to happen during the first year of the Pace/John Fox regime.

His clarification seems to contradict his original report, but we've yet to hear anything official from the Bears.

If this was a specific rule for Marshall to stop him from traveling to New York, then perhaps the local shows will still be able to have current Chicago players on.