Protest at kickoff appears to fail

Updated: November 16, 2009, 9:04 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- A planned fan protest seemed to fail as Cleveland Browns Stadium was three-quarters filled before Monday night's kickoff against Baltimore Ravens.

Two die-hard Cleveland Browns fans, disgusted with the direction of the 1-7 team, had urged fans to stay away from their seats for the start, hoping it would send a message to team owner Randy Lerner.

There were thousands of empty seats for the opening kickoff, but it was impossible to know if they were because of the protest or late-arriving fans. The notorious Dawg Pound bleacher section -- where the protest's organizers normally sit -- was at near capacity.

The two fans who initiated the protest online recently met for two hours with Lerner.


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