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  • Sunday Special: One prediction on Green and Federal

  • Which way will Green lean when deciding its future? Todd Porter gives his opinion.

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  • Who knows what Green Local Schools will do when it comes time to pick a league and play in it.
    Green is considering ending its 60-plus year status as a charter member of the Suburban League and coming to the Federal League.
    Intially, the Federal League looked at expanding along the I-77 corridor with schools in Summit and Medina counties, and adding a northern division to the league.
    There’s only one problem: Only Green is interested in coming to the league.
    Now the prospects of playing a six-game Federal League schedule in football for Green may not look so tempting, as opposed to say, a seven or eight-game Suburban League schedule. Green can make the playoffs in the Suburban League. It will take Green several years to be competitive in football in the Federal League. Playoffs? No one will have to worry about playoff ticket revenue for football for a while there.
    Green has struggled the last five years playing two Federal League games a year. The Bulldogs are 2-8 in the those games. The only wins have come against Jackson and Lake, two programs that have struggled at times themselves during the last five seasons.
    When all this league shakeup talk started, I figured Green to be a better than 50-percent chance of jumping to the Federal League.
    I would say that’s closer now to about 40 percent.
    If the Federal League goes to a six-team league after this coming school year when Boardman leaves, that means athletic directors in the conference will have to schedule five games a year.
    It’s difficult to schedule games after Week 3 because most other teams are into their conference schedules.
    People have raised the question about Lake leaving for an expanded Suburban League.
    That isn’t going to happen ... for now.
    Suburban League commissioner Keither Walker said Lake had no interest in attending an informational meeting about expansion, and Lake is not in the plans for the Suburban League right now.
    If Lake had any thoughts about leaving, administrators would have been at that meeting. Lake will stay in the Federal League.
    Forbes Magazine came out with its annual list of sports franchise values, and Real Madrid is the most valuable franchise in the world at $3.3 billion.
    The most valuable team in the U.S. is the the Yankees at $2.3 billion, putting them fourth. The Cowboys are next at $2.1 billion followed by the Patriots at $1.64 billion. Five of the top nine are NFL teams.
    Forbes valued the Browns at $987 million, or the 21st most valuable team in the NFL. Unlike most others, Forbes had good numbers on the Browns because Jimmy Haslam just bought the team. According to the magazine, Haslam bought the Browns for $1.05 billion, with 70 percent of that being paid last October. Haslam will buy — presuming he doesn’t get pinched by the IRS and FBI — Lerner’s remaining stake in 2015.
    Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a season-ticket holder long before becoming an owner, really is a shrewd businessman. In 1985, Kraft bought a parcel of land next to old Schaefer Stadium where the team played. Kraft eventually bought the stadium out of bankruptcy for $25 million, which included the Patriots’ lease with the stadium. By 1994, ownership offered Kraft $75 million to buy out the remainder of the team’s lease with the stadium in an effort to move the Patriots to St. Louis.
    Kraft said no, and made a counter proposal to buy the Patriots for $175 million. The offer was accepted.
    Less than 20 years after that, Kraft’s Patriots are worth $1.635 billion. That’s a gain of more than 830 percent on the initial investment.
    The Pro Football Hall of Fame is inviting the public to the front steps at 11 a.m. Aug. 2 to take a photo of the largest gathering of hall of famers ever. Fans will want to bring a camera as more than 120 hall of famers are expected to come to town this year for the 50th anniversary celebration.
    The Browns have yet to sign first-round pick Barkevious Mingo. Only in the NFL can teams and agents haggle about something that now is pretty cut and dry.
    In this case, though, it seems to be the team’s fault.
    The Browns are asking for an offset clause in Mingo’s contract. The offset clause protects the team if Mingo is released before his fully-guaranteed, four-year contract expires. With the clause, the Browns would only owe Mingo what is left on his contract minus what he’s earning from a new team if released.
    It’s a silly request, really.
    None of the first-round picks that have signed thus far have offset language. Most of last year’s do not have it either. Then again, it’s the Browns, and perhaps team president Joe Banner is trying to protect Jimmy Haslam’s money from the cloud of gray that seems to hover over the team perpetually.
    Isn’t it kind of a defeatist attitude to believe in a player so much that you want to recoup some money if you have to release him within the first four years? Shouldn’t the Browns be confident Mingo is a starter for the next four years? Otherwise, why draft him?
    C.J. McCollum is playing well in the NBA’s Summer League. Portland’s 10th overall pick scored 27 points and forced overtime in a game against Chicago. It was McCollum’s third game of the summer and Portland lost all three.
    He scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, his last three coming on a 3-pointer that tied the game with less than 10 seconds left in the fourth.
    Page 3 of 3 - McCollum struggled shooting the ball early in the game. He finished 8 of 25 from the field.
    “It’s my job to knock down shots, and I didn’t knock down a lot of shots, but I have all the confidence in the world in me,” McCollum said.
    He led the Blazers in the scoring in all three of those games.
    The Midwest Pelicans, an elite baseball team from Northern Ohio, will hold their first tryout in Stark County on Aug. 11 at Ducky Schoeder Field in Massillon.
    Ages 16 through 18 can try out from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 13 to 15 can try out from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    The Pelicans were the high school world series runners-up. Registration is online at midwestpelicans.com. The $20 fee is refundable if the player does not make the team.
    “Our biggest objective is to help kids get to the next level,” said Neal French, the team’s director. “We have over 50 kids in just three years playing college baseball, and 60 percent of those are at the Division I level. Our guys have received over $3.5 million in scholarship money.”
    There are 16 players from Stark County on the Pelicans’ teams.
    “It doesn’t matter what your background is,” French said. “We have scholarships available. We have kids on (public assistance) to the son of the Indians’ owner.”

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