Cleveland Browns single-game tickets nearly all gone

The Cleveland Browns say they have sold enough single-game tickets in the first 30 minutes this morning to insure that none of their regular season games will be subject to the NFL's TV blackout rule.

ESPN is reporting that the Browns completely sold out their home opener against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 14, as well as the Oct. 12 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers within 15 minutes of the online sale.

Single seats and a few pairs of club seats are available for the other six home games.

Although much of the buzz surrounding the team revolves around rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel, ESPN reports, the former Heisman Trophy winner still has not been named the starter over Brian Hoyer, with whom he is splitting first-team reps with this week.

The Browns already had sold 2,300 new season tickets -- ranging in price from $190 each to $2,900 -- in less than 24 hours after drafting Johnny Manziel in May. Ticket prices had not changed from last season.

ESPN also reports that in their first four days of training camp, the Browns sold more merchandise than all 13 sessions combined in 2013. Although Manziel leads the league in jersey sales, nine of the top 10 items sold were non-player specific Browns gear.

Saturday night's game against the Detroit Lions was watched by 2.82 million viewers -- an NFL Network record for a preseason game.


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