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BROWNS, CITY AT ODDS OVER WHEN TO START TRIAL ON LEASE
Published November 28, 1995
Attorneys for the city of Cleveland and the Browns "were far apart as they proposed dates" for the start of a trial before a Cuyahoga County judge on the disputed lease at Cleveland Stadium, according to this morning's Akron BEACON JOURNAL. The city has proposed March 3, while the team is pushing for next Monday, December 4. Judge Kenneth Callahan will now set the date. In other news, at a press conference yesterday, Cleveland Mayor Michael White denied all rumors of possible shifts of other NFL franchise to the city, saying that Cleveland is being used by NFL owners seeking better deals in their cities. White: "Somebody's trying to leverage us." White also said they rejected three offers from the Browns to settle before last week's lease hearing (Arnie Rosenberg, Akron BEACON JOURNAL, 11/28). NOT A LOT OF HOPE: BEACON JOURNAL columnist Terry Pluto writes, "Andre Rison has a better chance of being elected mayor of Cleveland than the court system does of keeping the Browns here" (BEACON JOURNAL, 11/28). SOLIDARITY: This Thursday, the IHL Phoenix Roadrunners will hold "Cleveland Sports Fan Appreciation Night" at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum when the team meets the Cleveland Lumberjacks. Anyone wearing Indians, Browns, Cavaliers or Lumberjacks merchandise, or anyone holding a sign supporting Cleveland sports, will be eligible for two tickets ($12 or $10) for the price of one (IHL).