Browns sue sponsor that failed to make agreed payment

Mike Florio
ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports

The customer is always right. Except when the customer doesn’t pay.

The Cleveland Browns have sued a sponsor that failed to pay the agreed amount. According to Crain’s Cleveland Business, the team filed a civil action to enforce a $525,000 arbitration won against Hard Beverages for not making payment under the first year of a deal with the team.

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The Browns agreed to display the company’s logo in a variety of contexts, and the company agreed to pay $525,000 per year. With interest, the amount owed has spiked to more than $580,000.

Absent compelling evidence of a significant problem with the arbitration process, a court decision turning the arbitration award into a formal judgment is a formality.

And, yes, I wrote all of this blurb without making a snarky comment about rebates. Well, almost all of it.

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