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Published July 15, 2014
SERVICE ANIMALS: In Cleveland, Tom Reed noted the Browns are "entering the live mascot business." Browns VP/Fan Experience & Marketing Kevin Griffin said that the club "will use a bullmastiff as its mascot this season after years of just having costumed canines roaming the sidelines." The dog will be "named Swagger and lead the team onto the field before games" (CLEVELAND.com, 7/13). In Akron, Nate Ulrich noted some Browns fans have "voiced complaints about the dog’s name via social media, but the team did not name the dog." The Browns will become the "latest NFL team to use a live animal as part of their game-day festivities." The Seahawks "have a hawk named Taima," the Broncos a white Arabian horse named Thunder and the Ravens "use ravens named Rise and Conquer" (OHIO.com, 7/14).