Bringing an Arena Football team to Cleveland is perhaps not what you would have originally expected from Bernie Kosar when it comes to football and his hometown, but it's real. The ownership group led by Jim Ferraro and Kosar appear to be determined to make the
"The game is exciting; it is not like the NFL game. The field is shorter, the scoring is unbelievable and the atmosphere at an Arena game is exciting," Kosar said.
Bringing Cleveland a high-scoring off-season variation on our favorite sport could be a winner for the Kosar-led organization and fans alike.An
The new owners will have a few challenges to make things work in Cleveland. The first is to field a competitive club. The new Cleveland team is being relocated from Las Vegas, where the Gladiators were 2-14. Ferraro blames a lack of focus and an absentee owner for a portion of the woes last season.
With Kosar onboard and the relocation to
"There is a reason the season in the
Kosar, the president and CEO of the new
"When everything came about and with Bernie's involvement, we wanted to come home and play in
While Kosar has not been directly involved with a professional football team, he has been a close associate of Cleveland Browns team owner Randy Lerner, as well as involved with the football team and school at the University of Miami, Florida.
"What I have learned is you surround yourself with great people, people who share the passion as much as you. If you can achieve this, you are going to be successful," Kosar said. "We are doing that with this team, this organization."
"I'm not doing this just to show up at eight football games at The Q," Kosar said. "I'm doing this to make us proud, not to fill my ego."
Over the last severel years, there has been much discussion surrounding Kosar and his unofficial role with the Cleveland Browns. Kosar has attended practice sessions and been involved with offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and the quarterbacks on the roster. Kosar has no title with the Browns, but his input has been welcomed for some time.
As with the late Al Lerner, Kosar is close to team owner Randy Lerner. Kosar has shared thoughts and evaluations about the team with Lerner, along with general manager Phil Savage.
"I love the Browns and have a great relationship with Randy Lerner. He wants the Browns to be as successful as anybody. I come up and talk with Randy, Phil and Rob Chudzinski," Kosar said. "Rob Chudzinski is doing a great job, he is imaginative, he attacks a defense and he really is using a lot of the old U of M (
Following changes in his personal life, Kosar is expected to spend the majority of his time (approximately nine-months of the year) in the
"My life has been pretty complicated to say the least. Getting the team (
And, is there an eventual official role with the Browns in the plans?
"Randy (Lerner) and I have talked many times. He would like me to take on a greater role. For right now, I am doing what I am doing with organization, getting the
Something tells me we are going to hear much more about Bernie Kosar, the new