CLEVELAND -- WKYC's Jim Donovan has confirmed that after 40 years, the Cleveland Browns are ending a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic.
The Browns will now receive all medical services from University Hospitals.
This move would result in a change of team physicians to UH doctors and medical specialists.
UH is also expected to become one of the Browns' major corporate sponsors, which includes signage at the stadium.
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Dec. 26, 2013: WKYC's Jim Donovan confirms that the Cleveland Browns are ending a 40-year partnership with the Cleveland Clinic for a new deal with University Hospitals. WKYC-TV
The UH sponsorship is believed to be worth up to $30 million to the Browns over 10 years. The deal was reportedly led by local philanthropist Monte Ahuja, whose namesake is University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center.
The Browns' association with the Cleveland Clinic stretches back to 1973 when it took on the role as the team's health service provider.
Former team president Art Modell was even appointed president of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the 1980's.
None of the organizations have released any official details, but did release the following statements:
Zak Gilbert, director of communications for the Browns:
The Browns have had a positive relationship with Cleveland Clinic for many years. With the end of the current agreement approaching, we're in the process of evaluating and discussing this relationship. Our players' health and safety has been and will continue to be the utmost priority for us. To be consistent with club policy, we aren't able to comment on negotiations.
Cleveland Clinic has been extraordinarily proud to support the Cleveland Browns over the years and to serve as its medical team and hospital provider since 1976.
In this current healthcare environment and historical transformation, Cleveland Clinic is focused on providing high-quality, accessible, and affordable care to our patients. With this, comes a responsibility to be good stewards of our resources and focus those on our employees and patients first.
University Hospitals declines to say whether they are in negotiations with the Cleveland Browns. From time to time, UH explores opportunities with different organizations – including Cleveland sports teams – but will not confirm at this time that we are in talks.