The Browns’ radio homes around the region are set, and the over-the-air domicile isn’t in dispute.
Something, however, remains unsettled. Where do the Browns play on cable? As of now, it’s not Sports-Time Ohio where they did so for years.
According to a source, the team is still looking for a cable TV home and suitors include SportsTime Ohio and Time Warner Cable.
But what’s the value of being their cable rights home? Being realistic, there’s always some value in being associated with the NFL, the most popular and powerful league in the country, and the Browns, much to the dismay of those who pull hair out wondering why the football fans in Northeast Ohio still continue to give them a pass when it comes to vocal criticism.
But depending on what the Browns are asking for those cable rights, the parties have to ask themselves if it’s worth it.
During STO’s prior run, they came with rebroadcast rights of preseason games and the right to do long-form shows from Berea during training camp as well as in-season programming. That’s it. In STO, the Browns have a familiar partner, but things are different with Fox Sports now running STO.
As for Time Warner officials, they, without a doubt, can make a strong run at such rights given who they are. They own their own regional sports network in the form of Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and were even a contender in the STO sweepstakes last year.
Being “cable TV home” of the Browns would be a mini coup, but although the video provider enjoys a dominant presence in the region, other services such as AT&T, DirecTV, Dish and plenty of smaller companies wouldn’t have access to the channel.
Do the Browns want something like that?
The Browns aren’t ready to comment and neither are the regional cable networks. But it will be interesting to see how things shake out.
Adult behavior on Twitter?
There’s a reason that many journalists consider Twitter a necessary evil. It gives the dinosaurs in print a way to break news then follow up. But Twitter is also a place where silliness explodes depending on the news of the moment.
Everyone has an opinion, and everyone thinks they have the right to foist it upon you. For the wise ones, better to ignore the ignorant and keep going. Even grown men aren’t immune to indulging in it. Witness the imbroglio that’s arisen courtesy of Dwight Howard’s departure from the Los Angeles Lakers.
For those who missed it this past weekend, Howard announced that he was going to sign with the Houston Rockets rather than return to the Lakers.
According to a vast array of reports, that prompted Kobe Bryant to unfollow Howard on Twitter then hit his Instagram account and post a picture of himself with arm around teammate Pau Gasol with the message: #vamos (let’s go) #juntos (A small, usually secret group united for a common interest) #lakercorazon (Laker heart) #vino (wine).
Allegedly this wasn’t enough for Lakers player Jodie Meeks, who sent an obviously Photoshopped picture of Howard as a WNBA player on Instagram before his account allegedly disappeared.
In the Twitterverse and the Internet in general, it’s difficult to discern who is doing what and why. But it’s hard to believe these guys are adults.
When used as a place to disseminate information, Twitter can be invaluable and just as interesting. One only has to witness last year’s presidential debates to grasp that.
But it can just as easily turn into a verbal dumping ground for immature people throwing temper tantrums because they don’t get their way. The type is familiar to everyone. They want their Oompa Loompa and they want it now.
Were I Bryant and Meeks (who is that guy anyway?), I would worry less about Howard, whose better days just may be behind him, leaving one fundamental question: Since when do the Lakers beg anyone to play for them?
Golf Channel rising
The Golf Channel continued its winning ways with a record-setting second quarter with ratings rising 8 percent over last year, according to a release.
Seen in the Columbus Dispatch’s online obituary section: the final parting shots of one Scott E. Entsminger, 55, of Mansfield who died July 4: “He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time.”
On the road
All Bets Are Off with Bruce Drennan will broadcast from the west plaza at Nationwide Arena, beginning at 3:30 p.m. today. As the Columbus Blue Jackets open their development camp, Drennan will welcome players and executives from the NHL team.
George M. Thomas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the On Sports Media blog at http://www.ohio.com/blogs/sports-media. Follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/GeorgeThomasABJ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sports.abj.