English football fans, as a rule, do not pay very close attention to Major League Soccer. Some English fans pay attention because David Beckham, Ashley Cole, and Robbie Keane have all played for the LA Galaxy, some because Frank Lampard played for New York City FC, and other fans pay attention because lesser known players like Nigel Reo-Coker, Liam Ridgewell, Darren Huckerby, or Danny Dichio have all played for various teams in MLS. A number of English fans will also be aware that US professional teams often relocate to other markets. Popular teams such as the Seattle Supersonics in the NBA, the Minnesota North Stars in the NHL, the Cleveland Browns in the NFL, and the Montreal Expos in MLB have
Tony Grossi has covered the Cleveland Browns since 1984, currently for ESPN Cleveland, and is one of 46 voters for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Peyton’s place: The list of former NFL players-turned-general managers runs the gamut from Ray Farmer to John Elway. For every Ozzie Newsome, there is a Matt Millen. Bart Starr was a championship quarterback; far from it as a GM. Jim Finks was a journeyman quarterback, but a Hall of Fame executive. So where would Peyton Manning fit in? And why should any Browns fan care? First, it is increasingly obvious that Manning would be/should be on Jimmy Haslam’s radar if the Browns owner decides to reorganize his historically bad, 1-21 football operations department.