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Cleveland Browns apply to move to L.A.

The tale is satire, but uncovers important history

Browns fans apply to move team to L.A. Possible subhead: The tale is satire, but uncovers important history

Andy Borowitz, who composes hilarious satire for the New Yorker magazine, writes that fans of the hapless Cleveland Browns football team have filed to move the organization to Los Angeles. The team just completed its 15th losing season out of 17.

"The Browns' owner, Jimmy Haslam, said he was unaware when he purchased the team that the city's fans could unilaterally relocate it," pens Borowitz. Haslam admits he has a lot to learn.

The faux application stipulates that the team can never return to Cleveland. The fans are lobbying city council to demolish the team's stadium. "Only then can the healing begin," says a spokesman for the long-suffering fans.

Borowitz doesn't mention (and may not know) that in 1946 the Cleveland Rams of the National Football League moved to Los Angeles, becoming the Los Angeles Rams. Competition from the Cleveland Browns of the new All-American Football Conference was one reason for the move. (Later, the Rams moved to St. Louis and now its owner wants to move it back to L.A.)

The Rams' 1946 move to L.A. was historic. At the time, the National Football League did not allow African-Americans to play. A precondition to the Rams getting a lease in the L.A. Coliseum was that at least one African-American would be on the team. The Rams agreed, ending racial segregation in the National Football League.

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Browns fans apply to move team to L.A. Possible subhead: The tale is satire, but uncovers important history

Andy Borowitz, who composes hilarious satire for the New Yorker magazine, writes that fans of the hapless Cleveland Browns football team have filed to move the organization to Los Angeles. The team just completed its 15th losing season out of 17.

"The Browns' owner, Jimmy Haslam, said he was unaware when he purchased the team that the city's fans could unilaterally relocate it," pens Borowitz. Haslam admits he has a lot to learn.

The faux application stipulates that the team can never return to Cleveland. The fans are lobbying city council to demolish the team's stadium. "Only then can the healing begin," says a spokesman for the long-suffering fans.

Borowitz doesn't mention (and may not know) that in 1946 the Cleveland Rams of the National Football League moved to Los Angeles, becoming the Los Angeles Rams. Competition from the Cleveland Browns of the new All-American Football Conference was one reason for the move. (Later, the Rams moved to St. Louis and now its owner wants to move it back to L.A.)

The Rams' 1946 move to L.A. was historic. At the time, the National Football League did not allow African-Americans to play. A precondition to the Rams getting a lease in the L.A. Coliseum was that at least one African-American would be on the team. The Rams agreed, ending racial segregation in the National Football League.

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