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When Al Lerner brought the Browns franchise back to Cleveland in 1999, he was able to bring the franchise back into a new stadium after the demolition of the crumbling Cleveland Municipal Stadium. When the Browns took the field in 1999, they were playing in the new Cleveland Browns Stadium.
For the first 14 years of the new stadium, the Lerner family decided to not sell the naming rights of the stadium, which was a rare decision for the ownership of a professional sports franchise. However, once Jimmy Haslam bought the team in 2012, selling the naming rights of the stadium was one of the first decisions Haslam made.
In January 2013, Haslam sold the naming rights to local company, FirstEnergy. Starting in the 2013 season, the Cleveland Browns have been playing in FirstEnergy Stadium. However, eight years into a 17-year deal, the Browns may start looking for a new company to take over the naming rights.
Today’s featured article discusses how FirstEnergy being in legal trouble could cause the Browns to look elsewhere for the stadium’s naming rights.
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"FirstEnergy, which agreed to a 17-year, $102 million deal in 2013 to purchase the naming rights of the previous Cleveland Browns Stadium, is the “Company A” referred to in the $60 million federal racketeering case."
With the federal racketeering case just starting to take shape, the Browns may decide to see how things play out before cutting the naming rights deal short. However, it would not be surprising to see the organization make a quick change if things take a turn for the worse for FirstEnergy.
The Cleveland Browns had one of the worst run defenses in the NFL last season, and they also had a couple key departures this offseason. Elliot Kennel looks at who the Browns will rely on to stop the run in 2020.
"John-Baptiste is one of five members of the Browns’ social justice committee, comprised of senior members of the team’s front office. “We want to have some good dialogue on how we want to act as an organization,” he said. “We seek our players’ input and advise our senior leadership on what we should do about any of these issues.”"
With more and more people speaking out about social justice issues in the United States, the Cleveland Browns do not want their players to shy away from speaking out. The Browns have been one of the most vocal organizations about wanting their players to try to make an impact in the community and for social justice.
The Cleveland Browns have a lot of talent at the top end of the roster, which has drawn most of the attention from fans. However, Greg Newland discusses which Browns on the current roster are the most underappreciated.