SBD/July 24, 2014/Franchises

Browns To See Capacity Crowds For Training Camp, But Avoid Crediting Manziel's Popularity

Browns execs say training camp events would sell out with or without Manziel
The Browns "have already 'sold out' the first three days" of their free training camp in Berea, and are "close to selling out more," according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. The team also "distributed all 25,000 free tickets for their Family Day Aug. 2 at Akron's InfoCision Stadium within 10 hours." Browns President Alec Scheiner "downplayed the arrival" of QB Johnny Manziel as a source of the training camp buzz. He said, "I don't know how much of an impact (Manziel has had) just because we had so much success in the past with our family night, and because Akron's capacity is less than FirstEnergy Stadium. I suspect we would've sold that out anyway. But I do think there's a lot of excitement this year." Still, Scheiner "acknowledged that Manziel's immense popularity" is good for the team. Scheiner: "Whatever will drive us to be more relevant, I think is good because I think the more relevant you are and the more you win, the more players want to play for your organization" (CLEVELAND.com, 7/24).

TEXAS FOREVER? ESPN.com's Todd Archer noted the Cowboys' contract with the city of Oxnard, Calif., is "up after this training camp," but team Owner Jerry Jones would "like to continue operating at least part of camp" there in the future. This is the ninth year the Cowboys have held camp in Oxnard, and the team and the city "have a three-year option on the table that could be exercised after this summer." The Cowboys are "scheduled to move into their new practice facility" in Frisco, Texas, in '16 and "will hold at least a part of training camp at the indoor football stadium being built to escape the hot temperatures" (ESPN.com, 7/24).
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