Cleveland Browns

All NFL Media is Local- Cleveland Browns

This is the first in our look at the local media covering their NFL teams.  Our list is not 100% comprehensive.  It’s just a guide to some of the outlets covering teams in a local market.  We invite you to add others to follow in our comments section.

Let’s take a look at some of the local media covering of the Cleveland Browns.

Newspaper- The Plain Dealer is the city’s dominant newspaper.  It’s online sports section is pretty basic.  It does have a page dedicated to the Browns (Twitter), but it’s not easy to get to.  Beat writers Tom Reed (Twitter), Mary Kay Cabot (Twitter) and Branson Wright (Twitter) have the Browns covered.  Columnists Terry Pluto (Twitter), Bud Shaw (Twitter), and Bill Livingston (Twitter) may also have thoughts on the Browns from time to time.

Sports RadioWMMS and WTAM are the anchors in the Cleveland Browns Radio Network.  Jim Donovan and Doug Dieken are the voices of the Browns in the booth.  For ongoing Browns talk, head over to ESPN’s WKNR AM 850.  and WKRK 92.3FM.  So there should be another radio option for Browns fans.

Television-  The television outlets covering the Browns include WEWS, WJW, WKYC, and WOIO.  Fox Sports Ohio also has coverage of the Browns.

Blogs- Check out Dawgs By NatureAce Davis’ Cleveland Browns Blog, Browns Locker, and Dawg Pound Daily for independent Browns commentary.

If you read someone other that those on this list, do us all a favor and share them in the comments.

NFL works of Art

Baltimore-centric note: I happened to catch a few minutes of the Scott and Anita chat-fest from 105.7 the Fan via MASN today. A caller made an interesting point in light of how Rod Woodson’s championing Art Modell’s Hall of Fame candidacy was roundly booed at the ceremony in Canton Saturday.

The caller noted how Steelers iconic owner Art Rooney was voted into the Hall in 1964, when his team’s history was mostly one of failure. Scott Garceau agreed with the caller, though the host didn’t elaborate on how Rooney obviously was voted into the Hall — and rightly so — for playing a key role from the NFL’s earliest days. It could be noted, however, that at the point Rooney was elected, his teams had posted seven winning seasons out of 31 and been in one playoff game. On the other hand, Modell’s Cleveland teams made 15 playoff appearances in 35 years, including one NFL championship, and his Ravens won a Super Bowl.

Yes, the Steelers went on to become an NFL powerhouse, but that didn’t happen until after Rooney had made the Hall. The point is to compare the relative merits of two owners at the point of election. One was beloved and a rock upon which the league was built, but also the owner of a franchise known for its futility on the field. The other helped launch the league into the modern television age that made everyone richer and pro football even more popular while also fielding teams that had long runs of success. Of course, Modell’s resume comes with the stain of his move from Cleveland to Baltimore. The booing in Canton tells you that stain has yet to fade.

Then again, Al Davis, an original AFL mover and shaker — and quite literally a mover — made it into the Hall in the ’90s.

All of which might have bogged down the talk show a bit.

NFL Local Sports Media- Cleveland Browns

Our next stop of NFL cities and their local sports media is Cleveland and the Browns

Newspaper- The Plain Dealer is the city’s dominant newspaper.  It’s online sports section is pretty basic.  It does have a page dedicated to the Browns, but it’s not easy to get to.  I do like the video clips.  Beat writers Tony Grossi and Mary Kay Cabot control what’s written in the Brown’s Beat Blog.

Sports RadioWMMS and WTAM are the anchors in the Cleveland Browns Radio Network.  For ongoing Browns talk, head over to ESPN’s WKNR.

Television-  The television outlets covering the Browns include WEWS, WJW, WKYC, and WOIO.

Blogs- Check out Dawgs By NatureAce Davis’ Cleveland Browns Blog, Browns Locker, and Dawg Pound Daily for independent Browns commentary.

If you read someone else’s reporting on the Browns, share it with everyone in the comments section.