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BROWNS TO BALTIMORE: OHIO IN SEARCH OF A WHITE KNIGHT
Published November 16, 1995
While the Browns stadium deal continued to gain official approval in MD, OH Gov. George Voinovich "said he is trying to find investors to buy the team," according to this morning's Akron BEACON JOURNAL. Voinovich, who wouldn't identify possible investors: "If [Browns Owner Art] Modell is not happy with the financial situation perhaps we can create an environment where he might be able to get out of all this, make some money, and walk away" (Akron BEACON JOURNAL, 11/16). SEND FAX PAPER, NOT MONEY: Bills Dir of Community Relations Denny Lynch said the team and Owner Ralph Wilson have received 400 faxes from Browns fans, while the Dolphins and Vikings report receiving over 300 each. The PLAIN DEALER and local radio stations have made public fax and phone numbers for the NFL and team owners. Lynch: "You can tell people are sincere in their emotions. ... But we need more fax paper" (Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 11/16). NAME GAME: In Baltimore, John Eisnenberg writes it is time for Modell to reconsider changing the name of the team. Eisenberg, who argues to leave the Browns name in Cleveland: "The heat of the issue would cool considerably, if not entirely, if everyone knew that Cleveland's next team -- and there will be one -- would have the old team's name and colors, courtesy of Modell. ... It's the right thing to do, and Modell knows it" (Baltimore SUN, 11/16).