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RuthlessBurgher
07-27-2012, 04:15 PM
Well, the Steelers have owned the Browns since the merger anyway, so this just makes it official. :p :brownssuck

On the other hand, Haslam has had inside knowledge of how the Rooneys run their team successfully, and he may try to do whatever it takes to make sure that model gets implemented in Cleveland as well.


Steelers fan in talks to buy Browns
Updated: July 27, 2012, 3:48 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Browns owner Randy Lerner has begun talks with truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam on giving up controlling interest while committing to keep the team in Cleveland, the club president said Friday.

And get this: Haslam is a self-described "1,000 percent" Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

"(Lerner) is giving up controlling interest in the team," president Mike Holmgren said at the team's suburban Berea training camp. Holmgren said he and Lerner have discussed the matter throughout the summer.

Holmgren said the talks on the future of the team included the agreed stipulation that the Browns would remain in Cleveland. "The Cleveland Browns are not going anywhere," Holmgren said.

Holmgren said that Lerner's interests have changed during the years and that the owner had told him a while back that while he loved the team, he would consider selling if and when a reliable buyer came along. "All the stars aligned in the last few months," Holmgren said.

Lerner disclosed the talks in a statement earlier Friday.

"In connection with current rumors and press inquiries, I can report that I've been approached by Mr. Jimmy Haslam, who is interested in making an investment in the Cleveland Browns. We are currently in negotiations and both sides have agreed to keep that dialogue and its details private," Lerner said in a statement.

"Given that any transaction would require League approval, care has been taken so that this process will not be disruptive to the organization, in particular the football team, as it prepares for the upcoming season. We will share further details or make an announcement if it becomes necessary."

The Browns have been owned by the Lerner family since 1999, when the franchise was reborn after the original club moved to Baltimore.

Randy Lerner, 50, who also owns the Aston Villa soccer club in England, inherited the Browns in 2002 following the death of his father, Al.

Some fans have been unhappy with Randy Lerner, long criticizing him as a disengaged owner of a club that has made the playoffs just once since it was recreated.

In June, Holmgren reiterated the Browns were not for sale, responding to a rumor that Lerner had the team on the market.

"No, the Browns are not for sale," he said. "I talk to Randy all the time, and I assume he'd tell me. We have a very open, honest relationship. No, there's no truth to that."

Jimmy Haslam is president and CEO of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America with more than 550 retail locations. He is the older brother of Tennessee's Gov. Bill Haslam, who also worked for the family business before he was elected mayor of Knoxville in 2003 and again in 2007, then governor in 2010.

Lauren Christ, spokeswoman for the company, confirmed that Jimmy Haslam was the prospective Browns investor. She said Haslam would have no further comment on the Browns statement and referred all questions to the team.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league is aware of the discussions.

Haslam has been a minority investor in the Pittsburgh Steelers and in a 2010 profile told the team's Steelers.com Web site that he had been a Dallas Cowboys and then an Indianapolis Colts fan. But with the Pittsburgh investment, Haslam said he had become "1,000 percent a Steelers fan." The Steelers, of course, are the Browns' chief rival.

The Haslam brothers are supporters of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where their father Jim Haslam played tackle on the 1951 national championship football team under Gen. Robert R. Neyland, who is credited with building the school into a football powerhouse.

The elder Haslam founded the Pilot Corp. in 1958 with a single gas station in Gate City, Va.

He credits sons Bill and Jimmy with expanding the chain from mostly gas stations and convenience stores to a "travel center" concept of truck stops featuring branded fast food service.

Jim Haslam told The Associated Press in 2010 that his approach for his sons was: "Jimmy, you take care of today, and Bill you take care of tomorrow."

"When we started our big expansion in the mid-1980s, Jimmy kind of ran the operations and Bill did the development fund and the new locations -- all the long-range stuff," he said.

Jim Haslam was a longtime member of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees and in 2006 donated $32.5 million to the school, the largest gift ever at the time.

He also established the Haslam Family Foundation for charitable giving. Bill Haslam and Jimmy Haslam each gave $30.5 million to the foundation between 2001 and 2010. The brothers' biggest annual donation was $10 million each in 2008 and 2009, according to IRS reports.

Over the same 10-year period, the family foundation gave $19 million, with the University of Tennessee, the UT Foundation and United Way receiving the most.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson sought to deflect any talk of the city losing the Browns again. Then-owner Art Modell moved the franchise to Baltimore in 1996.

"The 30-year lease to the Cleveland Browns commenced in 1999 and continues to 2029," Jackson's office said in a statement.

"This lease, like the prior Municipal Stadium lease for which the City of Cleveland successfully obtained an injunction in 1995, requires the Browns to play all their regular season and playoff home games in the Cleveland Browns Stadium. If this requirement is not honored the city has legal options that could be pursued if necessary."

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8205396/pittsburgh-steelers-fan-jimmy-haslam-negotiations-purchase-cleveland-browns

Slapstick
07-27-2012, 04:30 PM
Any sale is still quite a ways off...

flippy
07-27-2012, 04:34 PM
Maybe Haslam will trade us Richardson, Joe Thomas, Joe Haden, and the Browns 1st round pick for life for Wallace? He is a Steelers fan afterall. Maybe he's going to extremes for our Steelers :)

flippy
07-27-2012, 04:35 PM
Maybe Haslam will trade us Richardson, Joe Thomas, Joe Haden, and the Browns 1st round pick for life for Wallace? He is a Steelers fan afterall. Maybe he's going to extremes for our Steelers :)

Oh and I forgot, throw in Cribbs to sweeten the take a bit.

grotonsteel
07-27-2012, 04:47 PM
So does Jimmy Haslem have to sell off his stake in Steelers before getting involved with Browns?

hawaiiansteel
07-27-2012, 05:19 PM
An Open Letter to Mr. Jimmy Haslam, Future Owner of the Cleveland Browns

by Neal Coolong on Jul 27, 2012

Dear Mr. Jimmy Haslam,

First off, I'd like to apologize for the two-year delay on this, but welcome to Steeler Nation. It's great to have you as one of the owners of our beloved football team, and we look forward to years of continued success, from the field to the front office to the concessions vendors.

I'll be honest, I don't know whether the concessions vendors are considered successful, but I like to think they are.

It's with regret, though, sir, I must inform you of a problem I've recently uncovered. You see, Browns owner Randy Lerner's confirmation today of rumors that you have inquired about purchasing at least a part of the Cleveland Browns is troubling, to put it mildly.

I was moved by your "I'm a 1,000 percent Steelers fan" statement when you first joined our ranks. It's stirring, if not completely orchestrated, but those words have power here. We expect those who say or write them, to mean them.

I'm not sure if that's the way things work where you are from, but they are here, in our landless, unified nation.

Please, sir, don't think of me as a moron. I'm very much a supporter of business and understand the bottom line is ultimately what matters. I get you're trying to make a buck and you'd perhaps like a bigger slice of the pie than you current get at Table Rooney. But to flirt around with another team while you are a partial owner of this one isn't something we're going to appreciate.

And to flirt around with that sorry of an excuse for a team? That's like being married to Kate Upton and flirting with that awful looking woman sitting two desks down from me. I'll spare you the picture, because you don't want to see it.

And we don't appreciate those who intentionally spite us. Approximately 84 percent of us are now blocked on Mike Wallace's twitter feed due to our discord over his holdout. Ask Plaxico Burress. He's all but banished and all he did was tell Ben Roethlisberger to call a different play in the huddle. Plus, that whole "spiking the ball before being tackled" thing never sat well, and I'm being fair in assuming it never will.

Where were you when the Jaguars were for sale? I didn't read your name back then. Granted, Jacksonville isn't Shangri-La either, but compared to Cleveland, it's Shangri-La with free drinks and crab cakes. Maybe toss in a cigar.

This says nothing of the rivalry we have with Cleveland. You know, the whole Steelers/Browns thing? I know in your time you've never seen the Browns beat the Steelers, and even if you stayed in Pittsburgh for another 20 years you still may not ever see it, but you had to realize they're still in the league, right?

Thomas Tull, one of your other co-owners, produced the Dark Knight version of Batman. You know he could find the guy who did Bane's stunts and throttle you, right?

That being said, we wish you the very best in your pursuit of ownership of the Cleveland Browns. Even the due diligence of exploring the possibility of buying a piece of that team is enough to see you are not worthy of your "1,000 percent" statement, and we've retracted it for you. Your services are no longer wanted, needed or even remotely desired. Security will be there soon to take your Swingline stapler.

Best of luck, you'll need it, and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Thank you, and have a wonderful day.

Sincerely,

STEELERNATION

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/7/27/3193895/Pittsburgh-steelers-cleveland-browns-sale-jimmy-haslam#storyjump

kindlecatsb'ng
07-27-2012, 06:03 PM
So does Jimmy Haslem have to sell off his stake in Steelers before getting involved with Browns?

NEWSNET 5 in Cleveland is saying right now that Haslem is right now selling off his share of the Steelers. Lots of TV news coverage of this event today. Mixed messages from Browns fans. The sportscasters keep saying that Haslem reports "he is 1000% a Steelers fan"--not what the Stains want to hear!

GO STEELERS! Looking forward to a great season:p

Kindle

RuthlessBurgher
08-02-2012, 04:26 PM
Looks like the deal is complete...for a cool BILLION...Adios, Jimmy...we hardly knew ya...


Sources: Browns sold for over $1B
Updated: August 2, 2012, 12:35 PM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN

The Cleveland Browns have been sold by Randy Lerner to Jimmy Haslam for in excess of $1 billion, league sources said.

The sale of the Browns is laid out in two parts. Haslam will take over controlling interest of the Browns for over $700 million. Then, in the second phase of the purchase, he will pay over $300 million to complete the deal.

NFL ownership is expected to approve Haslam's purchase at its October meeting. Commissioner Roger Goodell could expedite the process by calling a special meeting, although that is considered unlikely.

The NFL helped bring Haslam to Lerner so that a sale could be completed smoothly, efficiently and with a high probability of success. Haslam had informed the league how much he wanted to buy a team, and Lerner -- who is more interested in his soccer team (Aston Villa in England) -- was interested in selling the Browns.

Paperwork between the two sides was completed Thursday morning.

Haslam is president and CEO of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America with more than 550 retail locations. He is the older brother of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who also worked for the family business before he was elected mayor of Knoxville in 2003 and again in 2007, then governor in 2010.

The Browns have been owned by the Lerner family since 1999, when the franchise was reborn after the original club moved to Baltimore.

Randy Lerner, 50, inherited the Browns in 2002 following the death of his father, Al.

Some fans have been unhappy with Randy Lerner, long criticizing him as a disengaged owner of a club that has made the playoffs just once since it was recreated.

Haslam has been a minority investor in the Pittsburgh Steelers and in a 2010 profile told the team's website that he had been a Dallas Cowboys and then an Indianapolis Colts fan. But with the Pittsburgh investment, Haslam said he had become "1,000 percent a Steelers fan." The Steelers, of course, are the Browns' chief rivals.

Haslam has begun to make plans with the Rooney family to sell the portion of the Steelers that he owns. By the time his purchase of the Browns becomes official, he no longer is expected to own the percentage of the Steelers that he controls.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8225861/randy-lerner-sells-cleveland-browns-more-1b-sources-say

Slapstick
08-02-2012, 04:48 PM
The whole "1,000% Steelers fan" thing is totally overblown...I mean, what's he supposed to say after he buys an intrerst in the team?

Pretty funny, though...

NorthCoast
08-02-2012, 09:33 PM
NEWSNET 5 in Cleveland is saying right now that Haslem is right now selling off his share of the Steelers. Lots of TV news coverage of this event today. Mixed messages from Browns fans. The sportscasters keep saying that Haslem reports "he is 1000% a Steelers fan"--not what the Stains want to hear!

GO STEELERS! Looking forward to a great season:p

Kindle


The spin they are saying now is that Haslam is a diehard pro football fan that will do what it takes to put a winner together (shades of D. Snyder anyone??). They said Lerner sold the Browns the exact day the condition of his father's will allowed (10 yrs). Also think that Holmgren could be on his way out if they don't turn in a winning season.

Eddie Spaghetti
08-02-2012, 09:35 PM
the haslams have pretty much run the tennessee athletic department for years. They have built a lot of buildings around campus, but have only one championship team since 1951.(which big jim played on) Little jim kept phil fulmer around too long and the program has nosedived since 2001. If past history is any indication, the stains are in good hands.

I haven't bought gas at pilot since they got caught gouging after katrina.

feltdizz
08-03-2012, 09:33 AM
the haslams have pretty much run the tennessee athletic department for years. They have built a lot of buildings around campus, but have only one championship team since 1951.(which big jim played on) Little jim kept phil fulmer around too long and the program has nosedived since 2001. If past history is any indication, the stains are in good hands.

I haven't bought gas at pilot since they got caught gouging after katrina.

Hess Hall 1991!!!

RuthlessBurgher
08-03-2012, 12:29 PM
Art Rooney II calls Jimmy Haslam “a strong new owner”
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 3, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

Jimmy Haslam is selling a minority stake in the Steelers to buy a majority stake in the Browns, and Steelers President Art Rooney II says that’s a good move for the NFL.

Rooney released a statement saying he believes that Haslam, a self-described “1,000 percent Steelers fan,” will do an excellent job with the Browns.

“Jimmy Haslam and his family have been great partners in the Steelers Ownership for the past three years,” Rooney said. “I am sorry that he will be leaving our Ownership group, but I am happy the National Football League is going to have a strong new Owner. I am sure the Haslam Family will bring constructive and able ownership to the Cleveland Browns.”

If Rooney is right, that’s bad news for his team. In the 13 seasons the Browns have been owned by the Lerner family, they’ve never won the division and rarely even been competitive. Haslam’s ownership could signal a shift in Cleveland, and a shift in power in the AFC North.


http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/08/03/art-rooney-ii-calls-jimmy-haslam-a-strong-new-owner/

Discipline of Steel
08-04-2012, 12:35 AM
'....a shift in power in the AFC North.' may be a touch strong

RuthlessBurgher
08-04-2012, 03:36 PM
'....a shift in power in the AFC North.' may be a touch strong

I could see the Browns overtaking the Ravens over the next few years. The Ravens have an old OL (Matt Birk, Bryant McKinnie, Bobbie Williams), while the Browns have a young OL (Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, Mitchell Schwartz). On defense, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed won't be around forever, and who know what impact an Achilles tear could have on a guy like Suggs (who already has 9 NFL seasons of wear and tear on his body), while Cleveland has some young talent on D like Joe Haden, D'Qwell Jackson, Jabaal Sheard, T.J. Ward, and Phil Taylor. Ray Rice is a weapon, and Trent Richardson should be a weapon as well. Flacco has developed into a solid QB, and I think that Weeden has similar potential to be as good, if not possibly even better, than Flacco. Although people make fun of how old Weeden is as a rookie, it's not as if he's ancient overall as a QB...he's between Flacco and Roethlisberger in age. At WR, Torrey Smith is emerging while Anquan Boldin is fading and there is not much else to speak of. Greg Little and Josh Gordon are impressive physical specimen...it remains to be seen if that potential might actually translate into legit NFL WR prowess on the football field.

ikestops85
08-04-2012, 08:44 PM
The spin they are saying now is that Haslam is a diehard pro football fan that will do what it takes to put a winner together (shades of D. Snyder anyone??). They said Lerner sold the Browns the exact day the condition of his father's will allowed (10 yrs). Also think that Holmgren could be on his way out if they don't turn in a winning season.

I didn't know Dee Snider owned a football team.

http://wonkette.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/dee-snider.jpg

Okay, the spelling is not the same but you get the idea. :cool:

lloydroid
08-05-2012, 04:05 PM
No matter how you slice it, this means the Browns will begin to improve; it must have been ownership that kept making that team bad endlessly. Every other aspect had been changed: GM, coach, QB, etc. None of the changes mattered and made them improve at all. Chances are, the new owner will make them improve; we no longer get a two game pass from the Browns for much longer, maybe even as soon as this year (not saying the Browns will be as good as Pgh, but they could turn from laughable to at least competing.)

hawaiiansteel
08-05-2012, 05:31 PM
No matter how you slice it, this means the Browns will begin to improve; it must have been ownership that kept making that team bad endlessly. Every other aspect had been changed: GM, coach, QB, etc. None of the changes mattered and made them improve at all.


not necessarily, maybe nothing will ever help to improve the Brownies because

:brownssuck


http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i291/steelersfan80_2006/HT35fjkT9812k.jpg

lloydroid
08-05-2012, 05:43 PM
not necessarily, maybe nothing will ever help to improve the Brownies because

:brownssuck


http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i291/steelersfan80_2006/HT35fjkT9812k.jpg

Every historically bad team eventually snaps out of their bad streak. It's just a matter of when. And your tagline isn't historically accurate; Pgh has mostly owned the Browns in the modern era, but not so in the 50s and the Browns did have a span in the 1980s when they were the better team. But other than that, pretty much pure domination by Pgh.

hawaiiansteel
08-05-2012, 06:47 PM
And your tagline isn't historically accurate; Pgh has mostly owned the Browns in the modern era, but not so in the 50s


you'll notice that it didn't say "in the 50s", but rather said "since the 50s"...

:brownssuck


http://clevestateofmind.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/baltimoretakethebrowns.jpg

lloydroid
08-05-2012, 06:53 PM
you'll notice that it didn't say "in the 50s", but rather said "since the 50s"...

:brownssuck


http://clevestateofmind.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/baltimoretakethebrowns.jpg

Well, it's still historically inaccurate: In the 1960s the Browns were 15-5 vs. the Steelers. And in the 1980s, the Browns were 12-8. So, overall point understood, but the tagline is inaccurate.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browns%E2%80%93Steelers_rivalry

hawaiiansteel
08-05-2012, 07:28 PM
Well, it's still historically inaccurate: In the 1960s the Browns were 15-5 vs. the Steelers. And in the 1980s, the Browns were 12-8. So, overall point understood, but the tagline is inaccurate.


I understand your point, but technically it's not inaccurate because since the 50s the Steelers have won 60 games while the Browns have won 40 games in their head-to-head meetings.

but I do agree with you, the tagline would more accurately read "since the 60s"

http://i.ytimg.com/vi/IOmrCJXeBLE/0.jpg

hawaiiansteel
08-08-2012, 04:31 PM
Report: Joe Haden faces four-game suspension

Posted by Mike Florio on August 8, 2012

http://nbcprofootballtalk.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/x610-211-e1344452029942.jpg?w=230

Jimmy Haslam may be having a mild case of buyer’s remorse.

With questions swirling about the knee of top-three draft pick Trent Richardson, a report has now emerged that 2010 top-1o pick Joe Haden could miss the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy against steroids and related substances.

Will Burge and Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com report that the league currently is “reviewing” a failed drug test for Adderall, a banned substance.

Per the report, Haden has been informed that he tested positive. He apparently has not yet filed an appeal.

If there’s an appeal, the suspension could be delayed indefinitely. Some appeals in the past have taken months to complete; Haden wouldn’t be suspended until the process ends.

For Haden, if he had a prescription to take Adderall, he could finagle a reduction or complete reversal of the suspension. However, recent precedent from the league on that point has been all over the map.

Then again, because teams and the league can say nothing about the reason for a player’s suspension under the steroids policy, it’s possible that Adderall has become the new dog-ate-my-homework-style excuse for players who don’t want to be stigmatized by the “S” word.

For now, all anyone can do is wait and see. The team has said and will say nothing publicly, unless and until the suspension is official.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/08/08/report-joe-haden-faces-four-game-suspension/

RuthlessBurgher
08-09-2012, 10:05 AM
For Haden, if he had a prescription to take Adderall, he could finagle a reduction or complete reversal of the suspension. However, recent precedent from the league on that point has been all over the map.

Yeah..."all over the map" pretty much describes all of Goodell's discipline policies in a nutshell.