Bears pro flees to agency amid scandal

CHICAGO: Amid press reports that his name surfaced in a federal sports-betting probe, Chicago Bears PR director Bryan Harlan has left the team for the agency world.

CHICAGO: Amid press reports that his name surfaced in a federal sports-betting probe, Chicago Bears PR director Bryan Harlan has left the team for the agency world.

CHICAGO: Amid press reports that his name surfaced in a federal

sports-betting probe, Chicago Bears PR director Bryan Harlan has left

the team for the agency world.



Harlan officially left the team on July 14 to take a position with

Chicago-based Kendrick Communications. Assistant director of PR Scott

Hagel has been promoted into Harlan’s former post.



Hagel, who joined the team in 1996 as an intern from Central Michigan

University, said he could not comment on the situation nor on possible

PR fallout from the allegations against Harlan. ’The team is about to

open training camp in Wisconsin and I’m focusing on getting the job

done,’ he said.



Kendrick chief Jim Kendrick said that he and Harlan began talking about

working together last year when Kendrick’s son left the agency. Harlan,

who worked for the Bears for 16 years, becomes VP of business

development at Kendrick, a 15-year-old firm with just under dollars 1

million in PR fees.



Kendrick said he doesn’t think the publicity surrounding Harlan will

hurt his agency. ’It’s got nothing to do with my business,’ he said. ’I

was with one of my key client CEOs yesterday and he hardly discussed

it.’



The Chicago Sun-Times reported earlier this month that federal

officials were looking into illegal betting on NFL games by Harlan. The

investigation revolves around a Chicago-area bookie who apparently had

Harlan’s phone number among his records. Harlan, the son of Green Bay

Packers president Bob Harlan and brother of NFL play-by-play man Kevin

Harlan, was subpoenaed about the matter in 1998.



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