BRIEFLY : REPORT: BROWNS DIDN'T FOLLOW RULES.The former Cleveland Browns
National Football League
NFL (US) n abbr (= National Football League) → Fußball-Nationalliga guidelines for a franchise move, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reported Tuesday.
The newspaper said it had obtained a copy of NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue's confidential report on whether the Browns met league guidelines for moving.
Three of the league's nine guidelines for a franchise relocation were detailed in the report and the Browns met just one: the deteriorating condition of Cleveland Stadium made it unsuitable for long-term use by the team, the newspaper said.
On the issue of fan support, the report said the Browns have some of the best backers in the league.
And on the issue of finances, the report said the team had faced cash-flow problems but didn't have losses that would jeopardize its future.
Michigan quarterback Brian Griese was suspended from the football team and appeared in court for arraignment A criminal proceeding at which the defendant is officially called before a court of competent jurisdiction, informed of the offense charged in the complaint, information, indictment, or other charging document, and asked to enter a plea of guilty, not guilty, or as otherwise permitted on a felony charge stemming from a weekend incident in which he allegedly smashed a bar window.
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SOURCE: - Daily News Wire Services