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LeBron’s return could be good for Browns

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The week began with an image of Johnny Manziel with a rolled up dollar bill.  It ended with LeBron James rolling back into town.

The immediate impact on the Browns after the return of King James to Cleveland is that local fans suddenly won’t care quite as much about the NFL franchise that plays in the so-called Factory of Sadness.  Over the long haul, it could be good for the Browns to have LeBron back.

For starters, James’ presence will dilute some of the Manziel mania, at least in Northeast Ohio. Which in turn will put less pressure on the team to play him right away, and less emphasis on everything Manziel does or doesn’t do.

Also, at a time when Manziel has made it clear that he’ll do what he wants, Manziel may be inclined to listen to LeBron’s advice, especially since Manziel’s off-field interests are handled by the marketing company owned by LeBron and Maverick Carter.  Of course, the potentially impetuous Manziel could react to LeBron crowding Johnny Football’s Cleveland spotlight by parting ways with LeBron’s marketing company. Manziel’s tweet welcoming LeBrown back to town suggests that won’t happen.

So LeBron could help Cleveland win an NBA title and improve the prospects of the Browns by getting Manziel to tone it down and/or at a minimum to stop being photographed in compromising situations and/or ideally to focus only on being the best football player he can be.

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57 Responses to “LeBron’s return could be good for Browns”
  1. thepftpoet says: Jul 11, 2014 1:07 PM

    Lebron James is the basketball version of the Minnesota Vikings franchise.

    Greatness.
    Maturity.
    Winning Culture.

  2. thepftpoet says: Jul 11, 2014 1:07 PM

    Come on PFT.

    Let’s be honest.

    Nothing can help the Browns.

  3. thepftpoet says: Jul 11, 2014 1:09 PM

    Skol Vikings, let’s win this game,
    Skol Vikings, honor your name,
    Go get that first down, then get a touchdown
    Rock em’… Sock em”….
    Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
    Go Vikings, run up the score,
    You’ll hear us cheer for more…
    V-I-K-I-N-G-S
    Skol Vikings, let’s go!

  4. kosarkid says: Jul 11, 2014 1:10 PM

    I think he’ll listen to LBJ. Let’s just hope that Beiber fever isn’t contagious.

  5. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Jul 11, 2014 1:10 PM

    Is every media outlet required to have something about LeBron?

  6. anpsteel says: Jul 11, 2014 1:11 PM

    Is he going to play TE???

  7. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jul 11, 2014 1:12 PM

    Lebron didn’t help the dolphins. Why would he help the browns?

  8. daburgher says: Jul 11, 2014 1:14 PM

    if lebron has any affect on the browns, then the browns are way worse off than anyone thought

  9. weepingjebus says: Jul 11, 2014 1:16 PM

    I was wondering how PFT was going to work the LeBron NBA news into some sort of article. Well done.

  10. jeepguy14 says: Jul 11, 2014 1:16 PM

    Using Lebron’s return as an excuse to mention Manziel in yet another article. I see what you did there. Well played.

  11. missingsock215 says: Jul 11, 2014 1:17 PM

    Does anyone else see how much this proves Lebron is a sell out?

  12. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 11, 2014 1:22 PM

    LeBron James will prevent Asian Carp from decimating Ohio rivers, too.

    Right?!?

  13. bmorepositive123 says: Jul 11, 2014 1:22 PM

    Wouldn’t the Cavs being good again make them more popular and therefore take away from the Browns? That’s economics. Supply and demand.

  14. dickjagger says: Jul 11, 2014 1:25 PM

    Maybe this would be good for the spoiled young man? They both already have direct connections on their money phones.

  15. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 11, 2014 1:26 PM

    When the Heat fans show up at halftime of game 1 next season and Lebron isn’t there, they’ll be confused and angry.

  16. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 11, 2014 1:27 PM

    Hard to believe, but Cleveland is the most exciting city in the sports world right now.

  17. coffeeblack95616 says: Jul 11, 2014 1:27 PM

    Manziel knows he’s a bust and is having as much fun as he can before he’s exposed for being a double-digit IQ moron with no NFL ability.

  18. rgwhodey says: Jul 11, 2014 1:28 PM

    The week isn’t over yet, there is still plenty of time for Manziel, Gordon, or any of the other clowns to help keep Cleveland stay Cleveland…

  19. billsmafiaordie says: Jul 11, 2014 1:28 PM

    Cleveland was Buffalo’s only chance at being anything but the most pathetic sports city in America. There goes that, thanks Bron.

  20. raiderufan says: Jul 11, 2014 1:28 PM

    Who isn’t a sell out? As soon as you sell your wares for money you’ve sold out. The only way to not sell out would be for Lebron to only play pick up games in the street and pay the other players for showing up….I’m not sure the exact quote but it’s something like “of course you’re in it for the music….but if you were only in it for the music you’d still be playing in your garage.”

    Money, women and fame for doing something you love? Sign me up to sell out.

  21. everest71 says: Jul 11, 2014 1:29 PM

    At the guys talking about the “Vikings winning culture”. I’m 20 years old and have yet to see them do anything but suck. You guys jumped between 3 god awful quarterbacks and just drafted another obvious bust. You wanna talk about winning culture? Let’s talk patriots, when’s the last year you didn’t hear we had a chance at the trophy? The year Brady got taken out, now that’s a winning culture, not the circus they have goin on up in Minnesota.

  22. kd75 says: Jul 11, 2014 1:29 PM

    LeBron is a Dallas Cowboys fan…

  23. coffeeblack95616 says: Jul 11, 2014 1:29 PM

    What supply and demand are you talking about? The products are different. Buying milk doesn’t mean I won’t buy orange juice. The two are both drinks, but it’s not a supply and demand issue.

  24. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jul 11, 2014 1:33 PM

    Maybe the Vikes should have asked the wolves to bring Lebron to town to distract from the release of the special counsel report. By the way, when is that coming out again?

  25. Stupid Lions Fan says: Jul 11, 2014 1:34 PM

    Jesus can’t help the factory of sadness.

  26. vaughnjoe says: Jul 11, 2014 1:35 PM

    Disliked comments should be at the bottom of the list. FIX IT!

  27. ctiggs says: Jul 11, 2014 1:36 PM

    Im from Southwest Ohio so i careless about Cleveland. Being an Ohioan though, i’m glad he came back.

  28. iloveagoodnap says: Jul 11, 2014 1:40 PM

    billsmafiaordie says: Jul 11, 2014 1:28 PM

    Cleveland was Buffalo’s only chance at being anything but the most pathetic sports city in America. There goes that, thanks Bron.
    ……………..
    The only success in sports Cleveland has had this millennium was when Bron was there.

    Their entire success revolved around 1 guy. The fact an entire city was desperate enough to crawl back to a man they trashed so viciously; the fact that 1 man makes the difference between a dead sports town and one that breaths vibrant life- that one man has that power- that, my friend, is what’s truly pathetic.

    -Bengals fan

  29. fuzzynuts55 says: Jul 11, 2014 1:42 PM

    After reading king James letter I hope he stays away from the imuture ungrateful johnnie football..

  30. rolli1967 says: Jul 11, 2014 1:43 PM

    Stupid Lions Fan . That is quite a lot of smack talking for a Lions team that has the dubious dinstinction of being the only NFL team that has went 0-16 and yet to win anything of consequence since then.

  31. watermelon1 says: Jul 11, 2014 1:44 PM

    So an NBA player affects which players an NFL team plays?

    Well, now I understand why the Brownd are so bad!

  32. Please Ban TheStrategyExpert From Posting says: Jul 11, 2014 1:44 PM

    billsmafiaordie says: Jul 11, 2014 1:28 PM

    Cleveland was Buffalo’s only chance at being anything but the most pathetic sports city in America. There goes that, thanks Bron.
    ………………..
    Now that LeBron (and effectively, Bosh) are gone from the Heat, Miami will be right up there.

  33. pancaketaco says: Jul 11, 2014 1:44 PM

    I was wondering how you were going to get your Bron article…I read the headline and thought this is a stretch…

    But, I’m one to admit when I’m wrong and I do agree that the spotlight will be off Johnny and the fact that Bron is back in town…Bron can control his client.

    I don’t think Johnny will fire Bron, he’s more likely to try to become one of Brons “boys”

  34. terryleather says: Jul 11, 2014 1:53 PM

    Lebron will get the headlines for a week, but Cleveland is Browns town. Even when Lebron played here before, the Cavs were the third most popular team in the city. Cleveland loves football. Baseball and basketball are just diversions.

  35. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Jul 11, 2014 1:56 PM

    “The immediate impact on the Browns after the return of King James to Cleveland is that local fans suddenly won’t care quite as much about the NFL franchise that plays in the so-called Factory of Sadness.”

    Wow, you know it’s bad when apathy is touted as a good thing.

  36. shadylamp says: Jul 11, 2014 1:56 PM

    @ fuzzynuts- “I hope Lebron stays away from Johnny Football”…
    ———————————-

    I’m pretty sure Lebron has established that he makes smart on and off the court decisions and doesn’t get influenced by others. You should actually hope Lebron gets together with Johnny to show him how to behave off the field. With class.

  37. sportsfan18 says: Jul 11, 2014 1:58 PM

    coffeeblack95616 says:
    Jul 11, 2014 1:29 PM
    What supply and demand are you talking about? The products are different. Buying milk doesn’t mean I won’t buy orange juice. The two are both drinks, but it’s not a supply and demand issue.

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    Due to economics, I beg to differ.

    Going to an NFL game with a family of four costs a lot of money.

    Many families only have so much disposable income. Now, they may have gone to two Browns games and zero Cavs games.

    Due to LBJ being there, they may decide to attend a couple of Cavs games and only go to one Browns game instead of two.

    Or another family may not see any Browns games and spend their money at two or three Cavs games instead.

    Oh, SOME families do have to choose between OJ and milk.

  38. aa1829 says: Jul 11, 2014 2:01 PM

    Does anyone else think that Manziel, if indeed that is his real name, looks exactly like Mad magazines Alfred E. Newman in a baseball cap.

  39. theageofquarrel says: Jul 11, 2014 2:01 PM

    Can he play QB?

  40. mshawn75 says: Jul 11, 2014 2:02 PM

    The best part of LeBron going back to Cleveland is thinking how miserable the ESPN reporters are going to be. Just picture all of them having to be in Cleveland, in December, in the cold, in the snow, having to cover Johnny and LeBron.

  41. wishingtonredslur says: Jul 11, 2014 2:07 PM

    “Factory of Sadness” is the best nickname for a football stadium I’ve ever heard. They need to reverse the connotation though.

  42. fwippel says: Jul 11, 2014 2:08 PM

    Looks like Johnny Football is no longer the Big Man in Cleveland.

    I’m not sure Cleveland is big enough for these two egos.

  43. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jul 11, 2014 2:08 PM

    At the guys talking about the “Vikings winning culture”. I’m 20 years old and have yet to see them do anything but suck.
    _______

    Look again, Junior. The only Viking comments were from the first three, all the same guy. It’s a bit, and not a good one.

  44. micknangold says: Jul 11, 2014 2:23 PM

    If the Browns are letting what the Cavs do affect their decisions, they’re truly lost.

  45. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 11, 2014 2:25 PM

    Wouldn’t surprise me to see Lebron out partying with J.F.

  46. radrntn says: Jul 11, 2014 2:25 PM

    the prodigal son

  47. sparty0n says: Jul 11, 2014 2:37 PM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Jul 11, 2014 1:22 PM
    LeBron James will prevent Asian Carp from decimating Ohio rivers, too.

    Right?!?

    ____________________

    Good cause Obama didnt do squat when he had the chance to do something about them coming through Illnois into Lake Michigan

  48. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jul 11, 2014 2:37 PM

    Cleveland’s slogan has always been, “We’re not Detroit!”

  49. TheMansiere says: Jul 11, 2014 2:39 PM

    Or he could just play for them…. He would essentially be Calvin Johnson, and considering how thin the Browns on WR’s there’s no way Johnny Manziel to LeBron James wouldn’t instantly be the best option the Browns have.

  50. mzew233 says: Jul 11, 2014 2:46 PM

    Florio get out of here with any Cleveland talk. You sat there and bashed Manziel all summer, just stay off the Cleveland topic altogether.

  51. scoochpooch says: Jul 11, 2014 3:00 PM

    Now with Manziel and the return of LBJ, ESPN and others might actually remember that Cleveland has major sports franchises.

  52. cincyalldaway says: Jul 11, 2014 3:07 PM

    Cleveland’s slogan has always been, “We’re not Detroit!”
    =====================================
    Cleveland’s slogan has always been, “We’re not Detroit…or are we???”

    There see…I fixed it!

  53. soleman50 says: Jul 11, 2014 3:55 PM

    Do you dream about Johnhy Football!

  54. coffeeblack95616 says: Jul 11, 2014 4:09 PM

    Totally disagree with that supply and demand argument. If a family has enough to spend on an NFL game, they have plenty to spend on an NBA game. At the point where someone is going to spend hundreds to watch millionaires play a sport, they can probably throw that money away on both.
    And the “supply and demand” issue isn’t the point. The supply of football doesn’t conflict with the supply of basketball, save for perhaps one of the eight Sundays when both teams play at the same time in Cleveland. The actual issue is one of personal finance, not supply and demand.

  55. laxer37 says: Jul 11, 2014 5:53 PM

    He didn’t respect Peyton Manning when he was a no-show for his QB camp, why would he listen to a parallel superstar like LeBron?

    I think it’s pretty clear that Johnny listens to no one.

  56. dccowboy says: Jul 11, 2014 11:59 PM

    Yep, ANYTHING that takes the focus off of Manziel

  57. anothervoiceofreason says: Jul 13, 2014 5:42 PM

    I’d like to be able to say that they’ll make an adorable couple, but I really do think LeBron can do a whole lot better in the looks department…

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