Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/3/12
Now that Randy Lerner has sold majority ownership of the Cleveland Browns to Tennessee businessman Jimmy Haslam III, it’s time to take a look back at the Lerner Family, patriarch Al Lerner and the role he played in the Browns moving to Baltimore following the 1995 season. Al Lerner should never have been chosen as the person to own the Browns when the team came back to the NFL for the 1999 season. He was there on the days  Art Modell announced, during that fateful Baltimore press conference, that his team was leaving Cleveland and moving to Baltimore…that he “had no choice” but to move the team. Lerner was at the mid-September meeting between Modell and officials from the State of Maryland in New York City where the officials presented Modell with their offer and, according to Michael Poplar in his book “Fumble! The Browns, Modell and the Move,” a deal was reached for the team to leave Cleveland. Modell left Cleveland on Al Lerner’s private jet. Broadly, what happened was this:...
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