Soldier Field

You can hold your fantasy football draft at Soldier Field this year


You can hold your fantasy football draft at Soldier Field this year

The CSN Fantasy crew is taking its talents on the road.

CSNChicago fantasy analysts Slavko Bekovic and Scott Krinch will join an all-star panel of fantasy football experts for a Draft Party at Soldier Field on Thursday, Aug. 24.

It's the ultimate event to kick off the 2017 fantasy football season.

Sponsored by Jewel-Osco, fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to host their fantasy drafts at Soldier Field, complete with insight and analysis from a panel of experts that includes Bekovic, Krinch, Rich Campbell and Phil Thompson from the Chicago Tribune, The Score's Hub Arkush and Derek VanRiper and Kevin O'Brien from RotoWire. Bears broadcaster Jeff Joniak will be the emcee of the panel.

The general admission tickets for fans include access to the Soldier Field press box. VIP tickets will give fans access to the private suites around Soldier Field for their drafts plus complimentary food and beverages, photo opportunities on the field and giveaways.

Head to and follow @ChicagoSports and @CSNFantasy for more information.

The CSN Fantasy crew provides analysis all season long, from weekly podcasts and video segments to written articles that include a focus on the waiver wire as well as start/sit for each week.

White Sox draft Jim Harbaugh's nephew, son of former Indiana head coach

White Sox draft Jim Harbaugh's nephew, son of former Indiana head coach

The White Sox have taken the first step to paving a way for Jim Harbaugh to leave Michigan for a coaching job with the Bears.

Well, sort of.

As the White Sox were wrapping up Day 3 on the 2017 MLB Draft on Wednesday afternoon, they selected a player with a family connection to the Wolverines head coach.

Riley Crean, the nephew of Harbaugh and the son of former Indiana basketball head coach Tom Crean, was drafted by the White Sox in the 35th round (No. 1,047).

The South Siders connection with Riley Crean comes from White Sox Scouting Director Nick Hostetler being close friends with Tom Crean, according to the Chicago Tribune. Also, Riley Crean played for the White Sox Are Code Team.

Topping out at 87 MPH on the mound for Bloomington North High School as a senior in 2017, Riley Crean is currently committed to play baseball for the Hoosiers. However, the Herald-Times reports that Riley Crean will not attend Indiana and is headed to Florida to play for IMG Academy in 2018. Attending IMG will allow Riley Crean to be eligible for next year's draft, rather than having to wait until after his junior year to be selected again due to NCAA rules.

While Riley Crean won't be putting on a White Sox uniform anytime soon, it does give him a chance to eventually follow in his uncle's footsteps and play for the team that drafted him in Chicago.

Harbaugh played for the Bears from 1987-1993 after he was selected by the organization in the first round of the 1987 NFL Draft.

Maybe by the time Riley Crean is ready for the big leagues, Harbaugh will be pacing up and down the sidelines in his khakis at Soldier Field.

Oddsmakers expecting Bears to take a step back in 2017

Oddsmakers expecting Bears to take a step back in 2017

The Bears followed the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers in the pre-trade order of the 2017 NFL Draft. Looking at one very inexact indicator, some thinking exists that those could again be the top three in next year's draft.

Cantor Technologies, which puts out odds on NFL games every Thursday, has set spreads for 2017 games through Week 16, staying away from Week 17 because of variables like playoff clinches, players sitting out, etc. The Bears play both the 49ers and Browns, and those are the only two games (both played in Soldier Field) in which bookmakers have established the Bears as favorites.

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The Browns, who won just one game last year to earn the No. 1-overall pick, are a Pick'em in one game (vs. the New York Jets). Every other game? Underdogs.

The 49ers went into the draft picking No. 2 by virtue of their 2-14 record and are favored only once, by 1.5 vs. the Log Angeles Rams in Week 3.

The books don’t appear to have liked the Jets’ offseason, rating them a favorite just once and a Pick'em in two others.