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Smokies become Tennessee Browns

Team changes name to line with NFL franchise
April 1, 2013

KODAK, Tenn. - The Tennessee Browns was announced as the new name of the Tennessee baseball franchise at a private event Sunday Night. Along with the name, General Manager Brian Cox also revealed the team's new logo, cap and uniform. This change is effective April 1, 2013.

"Since our Chairman, Jimmy Haslam, acquired the Cleveland Browns last year, we have been looking for a way to connect the two franchises…and I think we found it," said franchise President Doug Kirchhofer.

"Making the switch to the Browns colors and logo will create an image that will be unique in all of Minor League Baseball," Cox added. "Imagine the only cap in baseball without a logo…just like the famous Browns."

The Browns' new logo will feature a brown bear's face with script "Tennessee Browns" above it. In addition to the logo, Tennessee has rolled out a logo-less cap, which will be the only one of it's kind in Minor League Baseball, will resemble the helmet of the NFL Browns, while the uniforms will also mirror those of the Cleveland Browns.