Berea, OH (Associated Press) Following LeBron James’ stated intentions to be a “Cavalier for life,” as well as honoring his commitment to the entire Cleveland sports scene, the Cleveland Browns have applied to the NFL to change their name from the Browns to the LeBrowns.
The move, which is expected to be ratified by a majority vote of the NFL owners, would be effective in time for the 2014-15 season, according to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. “It appears to be a unique idea in terms of cross-marketing the two hottest professional sports in the country,” Goodell remarked.
With James a shoo-in for the NBA Hall of Fame when his playing days are over, it makes sense that the football team would be able to cash in on the name association for many years to come. NBA legend Michael Jordan, for example, is inextricably linked to the Chicago Bulls and that city despite his ownership role with the Charlotte Hornets. “LeBron is here to stay, and the LeBrowns are here to stay,” Goodell stated.
James, who has taken on a mentorship role with his teammates over the years, has begun doing the same for Cleveland rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. The two have become fast friends, with James visiting the Browns’ camp in recent weeks. James has vowed to help Manziel in any way possible with the rigors of stardom and life in the public eye, and Manziel has promised to listen.
NFL team owners are expected to vote on the motion before October 1, according to Goodell.
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