The Cleveland Browns are sticking with local NBC affiliate WKYC/3 for the 2007 season, as the team's official broadcast TV partner and home of Browns preseason games.
But on the cable side, the local NFL team is making a change for 2007, as it will start a new agreement with SportsTime Ohio, the local cable/satellite regional sports network owned by the Cleveland Indians.
The other big news out of this agreement is for HDTV fans.
Channel 3 will air four 2007 pre-season games in HD format, and new cable partner STO will replay these games in HD within a day after the original airing on WKYC.
STO's technical operations are handled from studios at WKYC's "Digital Broadcast Center" in downtown Cleveland, and WKYC is also the broadcast outlet for Cleveland Indians baseball.
WKYC will also continue to air the "Pregame Huddle" pre-game show and the "Point After" show on Monday nights.
The STO agreement takes effect July 1st. The team has had a pact with competitor FOX Sports Net Ohio.
The Browns renewed their relationship with WKYC last year, when the team broke ranks with then-broadcast partner WOIO/19 over the 911 tape controversy.
And as last year, WOIO will actually air all but two regular season Browns games, as the local CBS affiliate. FOX O&O WJW/8 will pick up the other two, due to that network's role as home carrier for the National Football Conference, when those teams visit Cleveland...