Browns Game Moving to Toronto?

John Taylor is hot on the trail of a story that a Browns regular season game may be moved to Toronto, Canada in the 2007 or 2008 season. Here's what we've learned so far... stay tuned for further updates as we get them.

What in the name of Bob and Doug McKenzie is going on here?  A Browns regular-season home moved due north?

As the Strange Brew brothers were wont to say, take off, eh, ya hoser.

Maybe so, but a story in this morning's Toronto Star strongly suggests that there is the possibility that the city of Toronto would get a future Browns regular-season home game as part of their attempt to land an NFL franchise.

According to the paper, the heads of two Canadian business giants—Larry Tanenbaum of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment and Ted Rogers of Rogers Communications—announced yesterday that they are joining forces in a bid to become NFL owners. 

The well-financed twosome reportedly has plans to fly into Cleveland (the paper did not specify when) to, and I quote the writer of the piece here, "finalize a 2007 or 2008 NFL regular-season game in Toronto, likely a Browns game".

Such a move would need to be made in order to show the NFL that the city is a viable location for an NFL franchise, the paper intimated.

Needless to say, reading this story and the possibility of moving a regular-season Browns game to another stadium, let alone another country, piqued our interest quite a bit.

So, we did what any self-respecting—and nosey—media institution would do.  We e-mailed the owner.

"I simply have no knowledge of this one way or the other," Browns owner Randy Lerner told The OBR in his e-mail response.

A follow-up question asking Lerner if "the organization would accommodate such a move if asked by the league" was sent, but, as of the posting of this story, the owner has yet to respond.

An e-mail message for the writer of the article, Dave Perkins, has yet to be answered as well.

What, if anything, does both the initial story and Lerner's response mean?  Who knows, but one thing is certain.

We will continue to monitor a situation that will be of great interest to everyone in Browns Nation, particularly the people who would be most affected by such a move.

The season-ticket holders.


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