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Cleveland rocks with new Browns owner

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Cleveland rocks with new Browns owner

New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam walks in, brings new CEO Joe Banner, late of the Eagles, with him, and erstwhile club president Mike Holmgren leaves. General manager Tom Heckert figures he’s not long for Cleveland, whatever Haslam may say publicly.

The Plain Dealer reported that Heckert was "not optimistic" about sticking with the Browns, according to a league source, though he worked with Banner in Philadelphia.

As for coach Pat Shurmur and his staff, Haslam said he told them they aren’t lame ducks.

“I just looked them in the eye and told them that,” Haslam told the media Wednesday.  “I told Pat that. I said no decisions have been made. I’m very comfortable saying that.”

But then Haslam said this, which would go into the category of if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then, yeah, the coaching staff sounds like lame ducks.

“These men are big boys,” Haslam said. “They understand the profession they’re in. They’ve been through it before. They understand it.”

And the Browns fans have been through it before: another organizational shake-up. With the club’s instability on the way to apparent wholesale changes, it sounds like the Ravens won’t need to be worrying about the Browns anytime soon.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward. 

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