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Browns announce new VP of communications

Jul 18, 2014 -- 4:59pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Via Cleveland Browns

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns named Peter John-Baptiste vice president of communications, announced today by Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam.
 
“We are privileged to bring Peter to our staff,” said Haslam. “He is a high-quality individual with extensive NFL experience. Peter also has a stellar reputation with the New York Giants, as well as with local and national media. He will greatly benefit both our football and business communications.
 
“In addition to being a respected leader by both his peers and media throughout the league, Peter’s time in a demanding New York market with Super Bowl championship teams make him an incredible asset as we continue to build positive relationships with media and Browns fans.”
 
John-Baptiste joins the Browns after spending 17 years with the Giants, where he has served as the vice president of communications since 2011. He began his tenure with New York as an intern in the team’s community and media relations departments, rising within the organization to become director of public/media relations in 2001.
 
“I would like to thank Jimmy Haslam, Alec Scheiner, Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine for believing in me and granting me this tremendous opportunity,” said John-Baptiste. “The Browns are a storied franchise with a strong fan base that I’m very honored to serve.
 
“I’m forever grateful to the Giants organization for giving me my first chance in the NFL and providing a place for me to evolve, grow and prepare for this position. My family is excited about moving to Northeast Ohio, and I look forward to working with the local media and Browns staff.”
 
Acting as a liaison between the team and local and national media, John-Baptiste managed the Giants’ day-to-day communications efforts and was responsible for the franchise’s media logistics and execution. He was a member of a New York staff that accommodated media during three Super Bowl appearances (XXXV, XLII and XLVI), with two championships (XLII and XLVI), and was also invited to assist the league’s public relations operations for seven additional Super Bowls and one Pro Bowl.
 
While in New York, John-Baptiste also helped the Giants public relations department claim the 2001 Pete Rozelle Award, given by the Pro Football Writers Association of America (PFWA) to the NFL club public relations staff that consistently strives for excellence in its dealings and relationships with the media.
 
John-Baptiste, who was selected to attend Stanford University’s Executive Education Program for NFL Managers in 2007, received his Bachelor of Science degree in sport management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
 
A native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, John-Baptiste and his wife, Mashawn, have two sons, Miles Justus and Mason Chase.

 

 

Browns reach capacity for Family Day scrimmage

Jul 18, 2014 -- 7:51am

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Via Cleveland Browns

Browns fans clear 25,000-ticket availability less than 10 hours after public release
 
BEREA, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns reached their registration capacity for 2014 Family Day, which will be hosted Saturday, Aug. 2 at University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. Browns fans collected more than 25,000 free tickets less than 10 hours following the public release on Thursday at 10 a.m.
 
“We are thrilled with our fans’ immediate response and that University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium will be an exciting, dynamic atmosphere for our players, coaches and phenomenal fans," Browns President Alec Scheiner said.
 
“We are striving to create memorable experiences for Browns fans, and certainly, along with engaging pre-game and postgame activities, our Family Day is shaping up to be a tremendous day for all involved."
 
Fans who were unable to secure tickets to Family Day are encouraged to visit www.ClevelandBrowns.com  and register for free tickets to Browns training camp practice sessions.
 
When the Browns compete in Akron, it will mark the first time Family Day has extended outside of Cleveland, allowing fans from Akron and beyond to enjoy live Browns action. Since 1946, Cleveland has played 19 preseason games in Akron, with the most recent exhibition contest drawing 30,751 fans on Sept. 8, 1973.
 
The 2014 Cleveland Browns Family Day is in association with University Hospitals and College Advantage.
 
Cleveland Browns PNC Bank Debit Card holders can gain early access to Family Day at 10 a.m. by showing their cards and tickets at Gate 1, located at the southwest corner of the stadium. Each Cleveland Browns PNC Bank Debit Card will allow a maximum of five ticketed guests.
 
The Cleveland Browns 2014 training camp will feature 13 free public practices at the team’s facility in Berea, beginning July 26, as well as free admittance to the team’s scrimmage during Family Day at InfoCision Stadium in Akron on Aug. 2.
 
All practices at the team’s Berea training facility and Family Day in Akron are free to fans, who may now register online and print a ticket for admission by visiting www.ClevelandBrowns.com/BrownsCamp14.
 
In 2013, a total of 56,306 fans attended Browns training camp when combining the 13 open practices at the Browns training facility in Berea and Family Night. Training camp practices at the facility last year averaged 2,475 fans per session, the second-highest average since 2005, bolstered by a Berea training camp-record 4,466 fans on Sunday, July 28.

 

 

Browns' Family Day scrimmage comes to Akron

Jul 15, 2014 -- 9:51am

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Via Cleveland Browns

BEREA, Ohio -- The Browns will host their intrasquad scrimmage at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 at University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium, with gates opening at 10:30 a.m.
 
To attend the free event, Browns fans can register for general-admission tickets by visiting www.ClevelandBrowns.com, beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday. Individuals have the opportunity to request up to six seats, as space permits. Fans are encouraged to contact the Browns ticket office directly (440-891-5050) with questions.
 
Cleveland will welcome its fans from Akron, Northeast Ohio and throughout the region with special family-friendly pre-game and postgame activities.
 
From 9:30-11:30 a.m., the team will set up entertaining fan-engagement elements on Vine Street, including a Browns alumni autograph area (10-11 a.m.), a zip line, inflatables, face-painting stations and a food court.
 
The location will also hold a First and Ten booth, the team’s signature community program, established to inspire fans to volunteer in and help their communities; and a Browns PLAY 60 area, in association with University Hospitals and American Dairy Association Mideast and Fuel Up to PLAY 60, which is aligned with the NFL’s mission to help kids get at least 60 minutes of exercise each day.
 
Upon entry, fans are also encouraged to participate in the Cleveland Browns Foundation’s Back to School Campaign by donating new school supplies or a monetary contribution to support local area youth.  
 
After the final whistle, Browns players will sign autographs for fans in attendance. Select Browns fans will also be given jerseys off the backs of their favorite athletes.
 
Food and beverage offerings will be available to fans throughout the intrasquad scrimmage.
 
When the Browns compete in Akron, it will mark the first time Family Day has extended outside of Cleveland, allowing fans from Akron and beyond to enjoy live Browns action. Since 1946, Cleveland has played 19 preseason games in Akron, with the most recent exhibition contest drawing 30,751 fans on Sept. 8, 1973.
 
The 2014 Cleveland Browns Family Day is in association with University Hospitals.
 
Cleveland Browns PNC Bank Debit Card holders can gain access to Family Day at 10 a.m. by showing their cards and tickets at Gate 1, located at the southwest corner of the stadium. Each Cleveland Browns PNC Bank Debit Card will allow a maximum of five ticketed guests.
 
The Cleveland Browns 2014 training camp will feature 13 free public practices at the team’s facility in Berea, beginning July 26, as well as free access to the team’s scrimmage during Family Day at InfoCision Stadium in Akron on Aug. 2.
 
All practices at the team’s Berea training facility and Family Day in Akron are free to fans, who may now register online and print a ticket for admission by visiting www.ClevelandBrowns.com/BrownsCamp14.
 
In 2013, a total of 56,306 fans attended Browns training camp when combining the 13 open practices at the Browns training facility in Berea and Family Night. Training camp practices at the facility last year averaged 2,475 fans per session, the second-highest average since 2005, bolstered by a Berea training camp-record 4,466 fans on Sunday, July 28.

 

 

Johnny Football isn't just a party animal

Jun 27, 2014 -- 2:14pm

By Mike Goldstein | ESPNCleveland.com

 

CLEVELAND -- In Johnny Manziel's world, weeks are seven days long, not two.

"Just my weekends aren't what I'm doing seven days a week," Manziel said on Friday at the NFL's Play 60 event in Berea. "That's two days out of the week and there's five to six other days that I'm here at [the Browns' facility in Berea] going through my playbook, working out ... just like every other rookie."

Johnny Football has been facing mounting criticism from the collective media, former players, and even his own teammates, all in response to his well-publicized and incredibly epic social life. Friday's brief Q & A session with the media allowed Manziel to make it clear: "Nothing that I'm doing on the weekends is affecting my job," he said, definitively.

ESPN Cleveland was mere inches away from Johnny when he responded and the video is below:

 

 

 

Harlem Globetrotters draft "Johnny Basketball"

Jun 24, 2014 -- 12:14pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Via Harlem Globetrotters

PHOENIX - The world famous Harlem Globetrotters held their eighth annual player draft today, selecting a host of world-class athletes.

The team searches the four corners of the world to find superb athletes with a flair for entertainment who are also able spread joy and goodwill outside of the athletic arena, via the Globetrotters’ numerous ambassadorial efforts.

“We like to think outside the box with our draft, so we look at all different kinds of athletes that could have the qualities of a Harlem Globetrotter,” said Sweet Lou Dunbar, the Globetrotters’ director of player personnel. “There are a lot of outstanding dunkers on this list, the Wiggins brothers come from a great bloodline, Sim Bhullar is a mountain of a man that can put the ball in the hole … and certainly keep others from doing so, we know Landon Donovan can handle a ball, and we also know that Johnny Manziel is a fantastic athlete that knows how to be entertaining. ‘Johnny Basketball’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?”

Johnny Manziel is one of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, becoming the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy and piling up a litany of individual records and awards on his way to becoming the 22nd overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.  During his college career, the Kerrville, Texas, native also befriended a young cancer patient named Charlie Dina and his family and helped launch a wave of people wearing “Charlie’s Angels” wristbands to champion Charlie’s cause.


Following is a full recap of the Globetrotters’ draftees:
 

Marcus Lewis of Eastern Kentucky University captured the 2014 College Slam Dunk Championship in April after being named as the competition’s annual “Dark Horse Dunker” via fan voting.  Lewis received perfect scores on all of his dunks leading into the finals, and fans broke a finals tie to declare Lewis the winner.  The 6-4 native of Streamwood, Ill., was third in scoring and blocks for Eastern Kentucky and second in steals, and he helped the Colonels to upsets of the top two seeds in the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference tourney to take the title and an NCAA tournament berth.

Tyler Inman of Southwestern Christian University (Okla.) won the first-ever NAIA dunk contest, this past March in Kansas City, by reeling off perfect scores of 50 on each of his four jaw-dropping dunks in the competition. The 6-5 product of Savanna, Okla., was the third-leading scorer for the Eagles his senior season and was second on the team in field goals made, three-pointers made and blocks.

Sim Bhullar began his New Mexico State University in style, winning the WAC Freshman of the Year award in 2012-13.  In just two seasons, the 7-foot-5, 360-pound Toronto native recorded the second most blocks in Aggie history and set the school’s top two single-season block totals (101 and 85).  Bhullar also won two straight WAC tournament MVP awards.

Landon Donovan is arguably the most highly-decorated soccer player in U.S. history.  The all-time U.S. soccer leader in goals and assists, Donovan is also the all-time leading goal scorer in Major League Soccer history.  Born in Ontario, Calif., Donovan has a U.S.-record five goals in World Cup play in his career, and he is a four-time winner of the U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year award.  Donovan joins U.S. soccer goalie Tim Howard (2009) and the legendary Lionel Messi (2011) as soccer players drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters.
 
Mitchell Wiggins, Jr., and Nick Wiggins are the older brothers of likely top-three 2014 NBA Draft pick Andrew Wiggins.  Mitchell, a 6-6 forward, helped the Southeastern University (Fla.) Fire to the semifinals of the NAIA Division II national tournament and followed that up with a second-place finish in the inaugural NAIA slam dunk contest.  Nick, a 6-6 guard,  helped Wichita State University (Kan.) to the two greatest seasons in schools history, as the Shockers registered back-to-back 30-win campaigns and one Final Four appearance.  Hailing from Vaughan, Ontario, the brothers are the sons of Mitchell and Marita Wiggins.  Mitchell, Sr., is a former first round NBA pick who played for six seasons in the league, and Marita is a two-time Olympic silver-medalist in track and field.
 
 

 

 

Browns 2014 training camp features 13 free public practices, beginning July 26

Jun 20, 2014 -- 10:08am

 | ESPNCleveland.com

 

 

Release from the Browns:

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns 2014 training camp will feature 13 free public practices at the team’s facility in Berea, beginning July 26, as well as free access to the team’s scrimmage during Family Day at InfoCision Stadium in Akron on Aug. 2, the club announced Friday.

When the Browns host their intrasquad scrimmage in Akron, it will mark the first time Family Day has extended outside of Cleveland, allowing fans from Akron and beyond to enjoy live Browns competition. Since 1946, Cleveland has played 19 preseason games in Akron, with the most recent exhibition contest drawing 30,751 fans on Sept. 8, 1973.

All practices at the team’s Berea training facility and Family Day in Akron are free to fans, who may register online and print a ticket for admission.

Browns fans may sign up to attend practice sessions by visiting www.ClevelandBrowns.com/BrownsCamp14, which will be activated this afternoon and will also provide daily updates, including weather, appearances and additional information for each practice. More information about Family Day registration will be available at a later date.

Open registration for all practices begins at 10 a.m. this Thursday. In order to accommodate as many Browns fans as possible, individuals are asked to notify the team if they learn they are unable to attend after obtaining a ticket.  

Fans will have the opportunity to register for up to four practices in Berea, along with a maximum of five guests, as space permits. Parties wishing to attend more than four practices or book for groups of six-or-more people are encouraged to contact the Browns ticket office directly (440-891-5050).

When arriving with their ticket, fans can enter the Browns training facility through the Beech Street entrance, with gates opening one hour before each session starts. Guest- and membership-services stations will also be available to all visitors inside and outside the complex to assist fans.

Parking is available on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace University, near the intersection of Beech Street and Bagley Road.

In 2013, a total of 56,306 fans attended Browns training camp when combining the 13 open practices at the Browns training facility in Berea and Family Night. Training camp practices at the facility last year averaged 2,475 fans per session, the second-highest average since 2005, bolstered by a Berea training camp-record 4,466 fans on Sunday, July 28.

Cleveland Browns Training Camp is presented by Northeast Ohio Ford Dealers, in association with University Hospitals and Discount Drug Mart. The 2014 Cleveland Browns Family Day is in association with University Hospitals.

Browns fans may call Browns guest services (440-891-5050) for more information on registration and practice times. Details are also available at www.ClevelandBrowns.com/BrownsCamp14, on Twitter by messaging @BrownsFanSquad or e-mailing tickets@ClevelandBrowns.com

Browns 2014 training camp schedule:

 

DATE

TIME (EDT)

 

DATE

TIME (EDT)

Saturday, July 26

9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

 

Friday, Aug. 8

No practice

Sunday, July 27

9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

 

Saturday, Aug. 9

P1: Browns at Lions

Monday, July 28

9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

 

 

7:30 p.m., WKYC

Tuesday, July 29

9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

 

Sunday, Aug. 10

No practice

Wednesday, July 30

No practice

 

Monday, Aug. 11

10:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Thursday, July 31

9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 12

9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 1

9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 13

9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2**

Family Day

 

Thursday, Aug. 14

No practice

 

11:30 a.m.-2:10 p.m.

 

 

 

Sunday, Aug. 3

No practice

 

Friday, Aug. 15

9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 4

9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

 

Saturday, Aug. 16

Practice closed

Tuesday, Aug. 5

9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

 

Sunday, Aug. 17

No practice

Wednesday, Aug. 6

9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

 

Monday, Aug. 18

P2: Browns at Redskins

Thursday, Aug. 7

Practice closed

 

 

8 p.m., ESPN/WKYC

 

 

*All practice dates and times are approximate and subject to change. All public practices are subject to weather conditions. Practices moved into the field house will be closed to the public for space reasons.

**The Browns will host their Family Day scrimmage at Akron’s InfoCision Stadium.

CLEVELAND BROWNS 2014 TRAINING CAMP

PROHIBITED/ALLOWED ITEMS

  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • Weapons, noisemakers, animals and aerosol cans are prohibited.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Plastic bottles and boxed liquids are permitted. Cans and glass are prohibited.
  • Soft-case coolers are permitted. Hard-plastic coolers are prohibited.
  • Cameras are permitted but must not interfere with another fan’s enjoyment of practice. The images reproduced may not be used commercially. Commercial video equipment is prohibited. 
  • Umbrellas, strollers, purses, fanny packs, backpacks, and diaper bags are permitted but are subject to inspection.
  • Portable folding chairs and lawn chairs are permitted but are subject to inspection.

 

DIRECTIONS FOR FAN PARKING

From the North to Cleveland Browns Training Facility

Take I-71 South (Columbus) to Bagley Road exit #235

Turn right onto Bagley Road

Continue on Bagley Road to Beech Street on right

Parking available at Baldwin-Wallace

From the South to Cleveland Browns Training Facility

Take I-71 North (Cleveland) to Bagley Road exit #235

Turn left onto Bagley Road

Continue on Bagley Road to Beech Street on right

Parking available at Baldwin-Wallace

From the East to Cleveland Browns Training Facility

Take I-480 West (Toledo) to I-71 South (Columbus)

Continue on I-71 South to Bagley Road exit #235

Turn right onto Bagley Road

Continue on Bagley Road to Beech Street on right

Parking available at Baldwin-Wallace

From the West to Cleveland Browns Training Facility

Take I-480 East (Youngstown) to I-71 South (Columbus)

Continue on I-71 South to Bagley Road exit #235

Turn right onto Bagley Road

Continue on Bagley Road to Beech Street on right

Parking available at Baldwin-Wallace

Handicap Parking: Handicap-accessible parking is located at the Berea training facility. Parking and entry for those with a proper handicap tag will be available near the Browns training facility entrance at 76 Lou Groza Blvd.

 

 

 

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