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Browns Ranked Near Bottom In 'Smartest Spenders' List

Businessweek put out an article recently titled "The Smartest Spenders In Sports," and it's definitely worth a look. The 122 teams in all major U.S. Sports are ranked according to how much they've won and, accordingly, how much on average they've spent on those wins. It includes all teams from the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. So what about the Cleveland Browns, where do they rank?

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Well, the good news is that they're not in last. The Detroit Lions are in last with an efficiency index of 3.22, a number best understood by reading the piece. The efficiency index is the number they've given to determine their rankings based on the data they've collected, and a smaller number is best. But also worse than the Browns are the St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins. Cleveland comes in at 106 overall on the list, well near the bottom.

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Over the past five seasons, the Browns have no postseason appearances and have an average of 5.6 wins per sesaon, and have spent $19.29 million on each of those wins. They've been given an efficiency index of 1.02, which is certainly better. The rival Bengals aren't much higher, slotted in at 80, above the 49ers and below the Seahawks. Check out the full post for more, it's interesting stuff.

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