Great news today out of Cleveland, where the Browns announced that they’ve amicably ended their naming rights deal with a local energy company. Their stadium will now revert to its original name, Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The stadium was named after the team when it opened in 1999 and retained that name until 2013, when the team sold the naming rights. The team could find a new naming advertiser, of course, but there’s no hint of that in today’s announcement, so here’s hoping they keep the original name, at least for the 2023 season.
With this move, the NFL now has four stadiums with non-advertised names. The other three are Arrowhead Stadium (KC), Lambeau Field (Packers), and Soldier Field (Bears).
And yes, I am aware that KC has sold the rights to their field, but they haven’t sold off the name of the stadium itself, which puts them in a different category, at least to me. I’m also aware that some might claim that the Broncos’ situation is analogous to KC’s, but I don’t view it that way because their name applies to the entire facility, not just to the field. I realize others may feel differently, so your mileage may vary and all that.