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Kellen Winslow will feel the wrath of the Westlake police this weekend, as
the city is
the hammer down on Winslow for his reckless behavior on a "crotch rocket".
The team's top pick in 2004 will have to deal with the notion that he's going
to have go give up $150 of his hard-earned cash to pay for his offenses. Not
only that, but he's
got a summons to appear in Rocky River Municipal Court.
If that's not bad enough,
he also earned four points on his license. If he gets eight more, his
license could be suspended.
Cue the Dragnet music, please.
Let's assume that Winslow winds up giving back all of his bonus money,
leaving him only with his paltry second-year player salary ($305,000) to pay the
fine. Based on the idea that he would have been on call to participate in all
sixty minutes of every regular season game, the $150 equates to approximately 30
seconds of work for Mr. Winslow.
Of course, he'll get that salary regardless of whether he ever steps on the
field for the Browns, so the Westlake police will rob Winslow of his earnings
for thirty seconds of standing around on crutches on the Browns sidelines.
Ouch. That's gotta smart. I'm sure a valuable lesson will be learned.
It just gets worse for the tight end, who has earned the nickname Evil
Kawinslow on the Bernie's Insiders forums. He even
gets a "brickbat" from the News-Herald editorial staff today. I'm not sure
what a brickbat is, but if it's a bat made out of bricks, that sounds like
something that would really smart if you got hit with it.
* * *
Those looking for more pleasant Browns news might be able to find some in
Kentucky Sports Report's
brief article on new
Browns rookie Ellery Moore. The young man sounds like his coach made a strong
impression on him about the value of an education.
* * *
Those looking for something more akin to the Winslow weirdness might want to
read the Plain Dealer's love
letter to the business-side of the Cleveland Browns organization.
In it, a business columnist named Henry Gomez fawns over Browns President
John Collins, saying he left a "left a cozy job as the National Football
League's vice president of marketing and sales" to head to rough-and-tumble
Well, that's not quite the whole story, as many Browns fans already know, but
that doesn't get mentioned in the article.
In it, as if you can't tell by the snarky tone I've already set, the Plain
Dealer lavishes attention to the team's attempts to usurp the local sports media
via development of their own "official" web site, magazine, and television
"Whatever you think fans would want to see, we want to provide that," Collins
tells the unquestioning Gomez.
The question Collins is never asked and never answers, of course, is "why
Why do the Cleveland Browns need to go into competition with the media,
including Bernie's Insiders, local newspapers, radio, television, and national
sports networks like ESPN and Sportsline which already cover Cleveland Browns
football like a blanket?
The answer, in my opinion, has absolutely nothing to do with giving fans what
they want. The free market is already working to give fans what they want, and
there are enough choices to provide fans with the ability to reward those media
outlets they like and avoid those they don't.
If there's one thing we've know, it's that there's a free market. If people
don't feel our product is worth $6-8 a month, they can just walk away.
Rather, again in my opinion, the team is listening to people like Browns'
media consultant Vic Carucci who says that the team can grow revenue "at the
edges" via their own media properties. This has the secondary and positive
effect from the team's perspective in pulling attention away from objective
(read: less complimentary) versions of the news.
Another question for fans to consider is what would happen if the Browns, an
organization not known for low expenses, loses money on their website, video
productions, and magazines in a crowded marketplace?
By the way, the cost of season tickets went up this off-season.
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