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TESTIMONY BEGINS IN CLEVELAND'S CASE TO KEEP BROWNS
Published November 21, 1995
Lawyers for the city of Cleveland argued yesterday that the Browns are "legally obligated to remain in town through 1998," according to this morning's Baltimore SUN. In opening statements before Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Kenneth Callahan, the city displayed "poster-size blowups" of the team's Cleveland Stadium lease. But Browns attorney Dennis Kelly argued the lease was with the Art Modell-owned Cleveland Stadium Corp., not the city. The SUN's Jon Morgan notes the case "could delay but not stop the Browns' intended move" (Baltimore SUN, 11/21). Robert Weber, another attorney representing the Browns, said even if the team is forced to play in Cleveland, they will leave. Weber: "What's done is done" (USA TODAY, 11/21). The judge extended his order barring the Browns from leaving until the end of the hearing (WASHINGTON POST, 11/21). BALTIMORE'S CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM: "Thousands" of fans of the CFL Champion Stallions gathered at Baltimore's Inner Harbor yesterday to greet the team. Stallions Owner Jim Speros was cheered when he said, "We're Baltimore's team, and we want to be Baltimore's team" (Drake Whitam, Baltimore SUN, 11/21). But a SUN editorial previewing today's meeting between Speros and MD Gov. Parris Glendening, refers to the "gypsy-like" CFL. The SUN states: "The CFL Stallions represented Baltimore well, but given the business realities of professional sports these days, it may be time to seek greener pastures" (Baltimore SUN, 11/21).