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clock Jul 14, 2004 11:26 pm US/Central

Chicago Icon Mike Ditka Joins CBS 2 Chicago

VIDEO: Mark Malone reports.

Former Chicago Bears player, coach, Hall of Famer and sportscaster Mike Ditka joins CBS 2 CHICAGO this fall as sports contributor on the 10:00 PM News, alongside Mark Malone, it was announced today by CBS 2 CHICAGO. Ditka, whose success and fame both on and off the football field made him a Chicago icon, will begin work at the station at the start of the NFL pre-season.

"What a day this is for CBS 2," said Joe Ahern, President/General Manager of the station. "To have the legendary Mike Ditka join this team means that more and more people will be turning to CBS 2 this fall."

Beginning this fall, Ditka will join Malone every Friday night at 10:00 PM to preview the upcoming Chicago Bears game. They�ll discuss the players, break down the statistics, analyze the opposing team and cover the headlines surrounding the game.

"Mike Ditka�s intensity and passion for the game is contagious," said Carol Fowler, Vice President/News Director for the station. "The pairing of two football greats, Mark and Mike, will make CBS 2 the place for the most in-depth, comprehensive pre-game Bears analysis in Chicago."

Ditka will continue to contribute to WSCR-AM/The Score, an Infinity-owned station.

"To Bears fans, Ditka remains Da Coach," said Malone. "I expect Mike Ditka to bring candor and humor, along with his unique insight on the Bears to CBS 2 viewers."

"I�m excited about it," said Ditka. "I love the Bears. I love football. I�m talking about the game to make the fan understand what the coaching staff is trying to do."

Contact CBS 2 Chicago

Press Contact:
Elizabeth Abrams
CBS 2 CHICAGO
(312) 202-3465

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