In 1999, the Cleveland Browns NFL franchise resumed operations after a 3-year hiatus. I, among others was excited for their return. They had a brand-new stadum, currently named FirstEnergy Stadium.
But since then the Browns have not done very well on the field, making the playoffs only once in 2002 and losing on the road in the first round. They almost made it back in 2007 but lost a tiebreaker, still they would have played on the road in the first round.
Since then it's been losing season after losing season, frustrating many fans. FirstEnergy Stadium is the oldest NFL venue never to host an NFL postseason game of any kind.
And with the Browns currently mired at 2-8, seemingly with no hope of improvement in the future, the only hope FirstEnergy Stadium has of hosting any postseason football would be at the college level.
So, I have proposed that a new minor bowl game in Cleveland be established and played at FirstEnergy Stadium. Ideally, the conference tie-ins would be the Big Ten and Mid-American Conferences, pairing those conferences for the first time since the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl folded.
Other minor bowls played outdoors in cold weather cities have succeeded in recent years, most notably one in Boise, Idaho.
I also want the College Football Playoff committee to award one of its future title games to Cleveland. Yes I realize the kind of weather Cleveland has in January, but in my opinion, Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, New Jersey opened the door to such stadiums hosting more football title games in both the NFL and college. Along these lines I'd like East Rutherford to get a college football title game as well, along with Green Bay, Wisconsin.
To sum this up, Clevelanders deserve to see quality football at least once a year, even if it can't involve the Browns.