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FRANCHISE NOTES: CLEVELAND SAYS AT LEAST LEAVE US THE NAME
Published November 17, 1995
The City of Cleveland filed a federal lawsuit seeking to keep the name "Cleveland Browns" and "the Browns" as a community resource. The suit alleges that moving the team name along with the club would create "unfair competition, and is wrongful registration and misappropriation of a trade name." Of the 829 calls to a special Baltimore SUN phone number, 774 said the team should not be called the Browns (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 11/17)....The Saints cut prices on single game tickets to the upper level of the Superdome for the final two home games of the season. Seats will cost $25 instead of $30 and a youth/senior ticket will be offered for $18. They are also offering a special $2 meal of hot dog, soft drink and a bag of popcorn (USA TODAY, 11/17)...Magic Owner Rick DeVos said he has talked to Orlando officials about the possible relocation of the Bucs. DeVos: "How many sports dollars are there to go around in Orlando? What about the advertising dollar?" DeVos said he has been asked to meet with the Glazers to see if he would "consider taking a piece of the team" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/17)....The Grizzlies and Raptors are profiled in this week's SI. Michael Farber writes, "Canada is still opening its eyes to the NBA, but it has begun to recognize what it is seeing" (SI, 11/20).... After the Oilers announcement, CFL Stallions Owner Jim Speros said he will meet with Houston officials again about moving to the Astrodome (Baltimore SUN, 11/17).