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Cleveland mayor chimes in on fears of Browns move

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Browns owner Randy Lerner reportedly has received an assurance that prospective owner Jimmy Haslam won’t move the team.  And, as we’ve explained, a second move of the Browns in roughly two decades likely wouldn’t go over well with the other 31 owners.

It also wouldn’t go over well with the city of Cleveland.  As a result, Mayor Frank Jackson (pictured) has issued a statement regarding the possibility (albeit remote) that the Browns will bolt, again.  Here’s the full text, via WTAM 1100:

“The Cleveland Browns have some of the most loyal and passionate fans which have helped make it one of the most valuable sports franchises in the world.

“The city took precautionary measures to ensure that fans would be able to cheer on the Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium for years to come.  The 30-year lease to the Cleveland Browns commenced in 1999 and continues to 2029.

“This lease, like the prior Municipal Stadium lease for which the City of Cleveland successfully obtained an injunction in 1995, requires the Browns to play all their regular season and playoff home games in the Cleveland Browns Stadium.

“If this requirement is not honored the city has legal options that could be pursued if necessary.”

So there you have it.  Cleveland believes the Browns are tied to Cleveland through 2029, at a minimum.  Whether the lease contains language that would allow an earlier escape, with a buyout or otherwise, isn’t immediately known.

Whether it will matter seems to be more clear.  Haslam doesn’t seem to be buying the Browns with the intent of moving the Browns.

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16 Responses to “Cleveland mayor chimes in on fears of Browns move”
  1. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 27, 2012 1:37 PM

    I really feel for Cleveland fans. They’re awfully dedicated to a team that gives them little hope.

  2. kevo126 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:45 PM

    Just move the team. I mean look at the ravens and look at the browns…

  3. turdfurgerson68 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:46 PM

    Blah, Blah, Blah…words mean nothing when enough $$$ does the real talking.

  4. tribefever says: Jul 27, 2012 1:51 PM

    Not sure who that Frank Jackson pictured is but he is not the mayor of Cleveland.
    The lease on Cleveland Browns Stadium is ironclad they will not be moving.

  5. cbass59 says: Jul 27, 2012 2:30 PM

    Just put goal lines around the city. We all know the Browns don’t cross the goal line.

  6. unbiased8383 says: Jul 27, 2012 2:37 PM

    If they leave it would be funny if they used Mayflower trucks.

  7. rollteal says: Jul 27, 2012 2:38 PM

    Not a Browns fan yet I could no way see Cleveland losing the Second incarnation of the Browns to relocation. A franchise specifically made because of previous incarnation relocation to Baltimore and forcing the league to have 32 team a bit earlier then it needed.

  8. tikibarbersthesaurus says: Jul 27, 2012 2:48 PM

    Didn’t realize the Unabomber was the mayor of Cleveland. Learn something every day!

  9. fmwarner says: Jul 27, 2012 3:16 PM

    I find it difficult to believe the owners would approve a move for a team with a new-ish stadium and no apparent financial problems. Especially since this franchise was given to Cleveland because of another move.

    Still, can’t hurt the mayor to be proactive.

  10. maximusprime107 says: Jul 27, 2012 3:17 PM

    Goodell is probably trying so hard to get the new owner to move to LA

  11. stairwayto7 says: Jul 27, 2012 3:52 PM

    Cleveland fans do NOT DESERVE a team! I hope they move and the worthless Brown fans get NOTHING!

  12. rcali says: Jul 27, 2012 4:00 PM

    The London Browns.

    “If you build it, they will leave….or be bought by a Steelers fan.”

  13. natisportsnut says: Jul 27, 2012 4:14 PM

    The Factory of Sadness won’t need to find a new tenant

  14. rushbacker says: Jul 27, 2012 4:20 PM

    Why would they move the Browns? The location and fan base aren’t the problem, their management is.

  15. latchbeam says: Jul 27, 2012 10:36 PM

    …the problem is that we haven’t done anything about it. -Frank Jackson

  16. southpaw77 says: Jul 30, 2012 6:16 PM

    Hopefully the new owner puts a retractable dome on that dump of a stadium. 8 games of garbage when they could be luring a possible super bowl in a dome or a college final four, national convention, neutral site college games, etc.

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