On the job training

Bears Director of Player Contracts and Legal Affairs Cliff Stein is taking part in a week-long management program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for select NFL club personnel that runs through June 27. This program, a "first" of its kind for sports league management, offers a focused and in-depth study of the NFL's business.

The purpose of the program is to help high-potential club executives from diverse backgrounds develop their careers. The NFL conducts a similar annual career development program for assistant coaches. The management program examines subjects varying from "Internet Marketing" to "Salary Cap Management" as well as other business topics.

Session instructors and lecturers will include business leaders, Stanford professors and NFL club, league and NFLPA executives. Program Co-Directors are Stanford Graduate School of Business Professor George Foster and Hall of Fame Coach and Stanford Lecturer Bill Walsh. Instructors include Ebay Vice President/General Manager of U.S. Business Jeff Jordan, Viacom Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Dennis Swanson, and Marty Gold, Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Participating club personnel include Cleveland Browns Director of Stadium Operations Diane Downing, Arizona Cardinals Director of Marketing Lisa Manning, Seattle Seahawks Controller Karen Harrison, Cincinnati Bengals Controller Johanna Kappner, Detroit Lions VP and Counsel Martin Mayhew, St. Louis Rams Director of Player Personnel Lawrence McCutcheon, San Diego Chargers Director of College Scouting Jimmy Raye, Tennessee Titans Director of Player Development Al Smith and New England Patriots Assistant Director of Pro Personnel Andre Tippett.

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