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L.A., St. Louis, and Cleveland – Why I Hate Moves

L.A., St. Louis, and Cleveland – Why I Hate Moves

NFL News:  Feeling for St. Louis

Much like what happened to the Browns around twenty years ago, the Rams will be moving from St. Louis and their fans will be left (again) without a professional football team.  Every time there is news, rumors, or debate about a franchise moving – it always takes me back to when I was a kid and the orange and brown left town.  Therefore typically support teams staying put and am against the relocation of teams (however, there can always be exceptions).  The move from the Midwest to Tinsel Town is no different.

Earning a Team

I understand that the Los Angeles market supports the NBA pretty well, and to a lesser extent the MLB and NHL.  However the NFL is at its highest point of popularity ever and it appears that they are doing fine without a franchise in the second-largest city in the country.

What I usually contend is that Los Angeles is largely a transplant city – where the residents already have their favorite NFL team
(likely from the area where they originated).  Also, I believe the vast majority of those living in the metropolis simply do not care
about football on Sundays.  There are many other things going on in the city, and frankly this sport is a blip on the radar (whether this is stereotypical or not).

Lost Teams Before

It is extremely ironic that St. Louis lost its second professional football franchise (the Cardinals preceded the Rams’ exit), as Los
Angeles is in the same situation.

Both the Rams and Raiders deserted southern California twenty years ago, and the Chargers left after being there one season in the 1960s. To this I ask, what gives Los Angeles the edge over other areas to obtain an NFL team?  I really wish there were studies conducted to determine the best fit for the Rams – assuming they had to move.  All things being equal, I would figure that Los Angeles would be far from the top of the list of options.

All Mighty Dollar

The greed continues for Roger Goodell and his minions; what would be the best way to make even more money (as if they don’t have enough)? Put a team in L.A. and charge a hefty fee in order to move a franchise (over half of a billion dollars).  Once the team actually is within the city limits, there is new merchandise to be sold as well as the price of admission (which figures to be rather high) and any other costs with supporting this new franchise.

Conclusion:  The rich keep getting richer and I am against this greedy move made by the NFL.  St. Louis is an awesome fan base who was saddled with a poor owner in Stan Kroenke.  For the second time in about forty years, they are left holding the bag while another city gets their (former) football team.  Now, I’ll finally be able to watch games in Los Angeles in stadiums filled with visiting fans and rich locals who do not care as much as supporters from the city that just lost the Rams.  As a Browns fan, I feel nothing but sympathy and disappointment by this decision – time will tell if this was the right move.

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2016 in Offseason

 

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Why Possibly Moving Training Camp is a Good Idea

Why Possibly Moving Training Camp is a Good Idea

Exiting Berea Would Be a Wise Decision:

It recently came out that Cleveland Browns’ fans would be required to “register” for training camp practices this July and August.  This is a free, online process – however it guarantees entrance when others will be denied.  The reason for this, is due to the higher demand to see the players (particularly one rookie quarterback) up close and in person.  Not being able to accommodate fans is unacceptable in today’s NFL – and the Browns’ front office knows this.  Searching for different venues is the likely next step in this process, and in my opinion, the smart thing to do.

Greater Attendance –  This goes beyond the obvious, as larger fields would be able to support more individuals to watch the orange and brown.  Should the Browns look for areas with seating (i.e. metal bleachers), they could implement a solid selling point.  For every die-hard fan that attends training camp, there are multiple supporters who would not mind “taking a load off” during sessions that span over two hours.  It appears relatively simple and straight-forward, but it could be a way to get more customers.

Increased Exposure – Being accepted into the national spotlight has been something foreign to this franchise over the past twenty-five years.  However, in the span of a few weeks – the opposite has been the norm.  Getting more into free events would only exacerbate this, especially when large media outlets would want to be a part of the action.  In addition to the headlines for the on-the-field product, you can bet that several vendors will supply hats, jerseys, and shirts for people to purchase.

For those who live further away from Berea, (now) having training camp closer could mean family trips to watch the Browns.  Again, die-hards will go no matter the locale – within reason.  The front office needs to determine where are the best venues that will produce spikes in attendance by the casual football fan.  Will getting this faction turn the next generation to the good side (instead of waving yellow toilet paper)?   The team can only hope; of course, winning in the fall can also work wonders for youngsters new to the game.

Changing the Culture – A repeating theme of the 2014 squad has been to shed itself of its previous losing mentality.  Since last season, there has been roster turnover, coaching and general manager changes, and discussion of new uniforms (to be implemented 2015).  Perhaps moving the team during summer camp can further along this process, as the Browns have seen little success in the approximate twenty years at the campus of Baldwin Wallace.  Sometimes a positive psyche can provide an advantage that translates to success during games.  I understand the culture change may not occur overnight, and not all shifts will be good ideas.  However, this owner has proven that he is willing to think outside the box and put his stamp on the Cleveland Browns.

Conclusion:  I am excited to hear the team could move summer practices to other areas in Ohio (and possibly multiple).  The fan base could be broadened, as well as the team getting more notoriety than in previous years.  I have faith the team can get it right; hopefully that time is just around the corner.

 

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