The Cleveland Browns and News 5 have reached a long-term agreement to continue their partnership, established in 2015 when News 5 became the team's official flagship TV station for preseason games and exclusive year-round programming.
"Our partnership with News 5 has created many unique opportunities to share our organization's stories with Browns fans during preseason game broadcasts and throughout the year," said Browns Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Dave Jenkins. "We look forward to building on that foundation as we strive to provide Browns fans and News 5 viewers with compelling content about our players, coaches, staff and community."
"Everyone at our station is thrilled with the continuation of our long-term partnership with the Cleveland Browns," said Steve Weinstein, Vice President and General Manager at News 5. "As the station that has been serving Northeast Ohio communities longer than any other, we understand the passion and loyalty of Browns fans. With the anticipation surrounding the team right now and the NFL Draft coming to Cleveland next year, there is no better time to be the flagship television partner of our Browns."
Last season, Browns preseason games airing on News 5 posted a 20.5 average Nielsen household rating in the region, the sixth-highest such figure among NFL markets.
Through the partnership, the Browns and News 5 have collaborated to deliver special behind-the-scenes access to fans throughout Northeast Ohio and the world, including through the two-time Emmy Award winning docu-series Building the Browns; weekly preview and pregame shows during the regular season; special looks into training camp and the draft; and more.
Details on the upcoming year's TV programming schedule and on-air talent will be available at a later date.