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  1. Wow, a Cleveland Browns fan! When I was much younger, two of my favorite football players were Browns: first, Jim Brown and then Leroy Kelly.

    And while I like both the Steelers and the Packers, the fan-owner structure of the latter finds the scale tilted in their favor.

    An op-ed in today’s LA Times is on the mark: “L.A. should follow the cheeseheads” (regarding a possible NFL franchise)

  2. Michelle Harner says:

    Patrick: Thank you for the comment. Jim Brown also is one of my favorites, and he has been such a big part of the Browns’ organization, at least up until this past season (see link below). But my best memories are of Brian Sipes and the Kardiac Kids and then of course some of the seasons with Bernie Kosar at the helm. In any event, I also have attached below a link listing several community-owned sports teams; I think it is a pretty comprehensive list. Best regards, Michelle.

  3. Thanks for the links Michelle.

    I knew about community-owned teams in England, but I had no idea how fairly widespread such a phenomenon is.

  4. John Culhane says:

    Yet it’s hard to ignore the mounting pile of evidence about the long-term neurological damage that players suffer. I speculated about soon-to-be-filed lawsuits here:

    Does this have any effect on fans’ enjoyment? (I’m asking as a non-fan.)

    And what about the proposal to add two games to each season?

    Sorry to be such a killjoy…

  5. I assume this is something that will be addressed, separately and in collective bargaining, by both the NFL and the NFL Players’ Association, although I’ve not read all the evidence, just second-hand reports thereof. The League has changed some rules regarding tackling and hits that directly involve the head/helmet, presumably this is a first step. And does not the evidence apply to head trauma over a long time generally? In which case this even goes beyond the NFL and reaches down into youth sports programs.

    I confess: I’ll still watch and probably enjoy the game. But I’m (naively) hopeful that players, in the first instance, and League decision-makers as well, are motivated by self-interest to do something about this.

  6. Michelle Harner says:


    You raise valid concerns, which also impact players in the high school and college ranks and other sports. I do not think we should ignore the problem, but like Patrick, I continue to hope that those involved in the various organizations will do the right thing. Also, this may perhaps be yet another reason to root for the Packers, even if you are a non-fan (see the NY Times article below).

    Thanks for the comment.

    Best regards, Michelle.