Four sources confirmed to ESPN that the Bears’ George H. McCaskey voted against a 17th game of the season.
An expansion to the regular season had been the goal of NFL owners for years, but the vote on Tuesday approving the 17th game of the year was not unanimous among owners.
The man who heads the Chicago Bears, George H. McCaskey, voted against the measure, according to four sources who were on the video conference.
George H. McCaskey declined comment to ESPN regarding his decision to vote against the regular season extension. Getty Images
Through a team spokesman, McCaskey, declined comment to ESPN.
Tuesday’s vote was long awaited and hailed as a “monumental moment in NFL history” by Commissioner Roger Goodell. However, he has also been a source of tension between players, including Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints, who posted on social media earlier this week that he was “f — dumb … like nothing.”
The NFL Players Association voted in favor of a new collective bargaining agreement in March 2020, which opened the door for owners to extend the regular season.