Finally, after a long struggle with imposter syndrome, the Cleveland Browns Stadium is back to its true identity. For the past two decades, the stadium has been masquerading as FirstEnergy Stadium, following a naming rights agreement made in 2013 between the Browns and FirstEnergy Corp. However, the relationship turned sour after FirstEnergy was embroiled in a bribery scandal involving Larry Householder, the former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, and eventually admitted to its wrongdoing two years ago.
As a result, local officials and fans alike called on FirstEnergy to relinquish its stadium naming rights as a gesture of accountability and transparency. And finally, the Browns and FirstEnergy have reached an amicable agreement to end their naming rights agreement. The Cleveland Browns Stadium is now free to reclaim its original name and identity, much to the delight of Browns fans everywhere.
This move is not only a symbolic victory for fans of the Browns but also sends a powerful message about the importance of corporate accountability and social responsibility. It shows that companies cannot simply buy their way into people’s hearts and minds through sponsorship deals and advertising, but must also earn their trust and respect through ethical and transparent practices.
With the Cleveland Browns Stadium back to its original name, fans can now fully embrace and celebrate the history and legacy of this iconic venue. Yes, I said iconic. While there has not been a ton of big wins there, the fact that city got an NFL team again is reason enough for me to celebrate the stadium.