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Cosby Joins Team To Replace Browns

May 23, 1998

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Bill Cosby isn’t joking around about a bid to build a replacement Cleveland Browns pro football team.

The entertainer has joined an investors’ group that is trying to put together a National Football League team.

The Browns moved in 1995 to Baltimore, where they are known as the Ravens. The new team would begin play next year in a new 72,000-seat stadium at the site of the old Cleveland Stadium.

``We hope to assemble what will not only be a very fine football team, but also an organization with a strong conscience that is socially responsible, an organization worthy of respect in many ways,″ Cosby said in a statement distributed Friday by his partners, Charles and Larry Dolan.

The NFL is reviewing applications but hasn’t specified the price, though most talk about the cost starts at $250 million to $300 million.

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