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SBD/November 20, 2012/Franchises
NFL Franchise Notes: Chargers Fans Vent Frustrations Around Black Friday Sale
Published November 20, 2012
BROWNS MARKET: In Cleveland, Tom Reed cited a source as saying that the Browns are 20th in NFL merchandise sales and have “remained entrenched in that neighborhood for the past few seasons -- despite their epic futility.” Reed noted that figure “has to be encouraging” to new Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam III. Browns CEO Joe Banner “knows there is much work to be done in expanding the Browns brand.” Banner said, “We do have a tremendous following of Browns fans all around the world. But I think we need to get more identified in the Ohio region than we are currently” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 11/18).
LEAVE THOSE IN THE PAST: The Steelers during Sunday night's game against the Ravens wore throwback uniforms from the '34 season with large yellow and black horizontal stripes. NBC’s Al Michaels said, “What do you figure this is? They’re either bumblebee pajamas or prison garb?” NBC’s Cris Collinsworth replied, “This is such a great rivalry to me and I love seeing the Steelers’ uniforms. I’m okay (because) I know it’s all part of making money and all that, but I’d rather see them look ahead. You want to put new uniforms on them, let’s go futuristic and sell some jerseys. You can’t see the numbers. That’s what I’m really mad at” (“Sunday Night Football,” NBC, 11/18).
DIMINISHED INTEREST: In Charlotte, Tom Sorensen noted there was “less interest” in Sunday’s Buccaneers-Panthers game than in “any home game” this season. Sorensen wrote, “Empty seats were plentiful at Bank of America Stadium Sunday and by overtime you could squeeze the remaining fans into Time Warner Cable Arena. And, no, I’m not criticizing ticket-holders” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/19).