Found July 27, 2012 on Keg Dept.:

One of the most storied and yet worst owned NFL teams might finally be doing something right.

ESPNCleveland released this photo of the Cleveland Browns press release this morning.

Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner (yes they do have an actual owner) is in current negotiations to sell the team to an ownership group led by Tennessee businessman and Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner Jimmy Haslam.

To sum up Randy Lerner’s role as owner go back and look at all of the management and coaching staffs that he has hired to run the Browns into the ground for the past 10-12 years. Fans have looked at Lerner as an owner who has seemed to be more interested in his other “football” team, Aston Villa, than his Browns.

So to sum this all up from a Cleveland Browns fan perspective is that this might be the best news for the Browns since they came back in 1999.


Browns are up for sale, won’t be leaving Cleveland

Getty Images According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Browns president Mike Holmgren admitted that owner Randy Lerner is giving up his majority ownership of the team. “Cleveland browns aren’t going anywhere. They’re going to stay,” said Holmgren, per Cabot. Lerner is expected to sell the Browns to Tennessee businessman Jimmy Haslam, who currently has...

Cleveland Browns discussing possible sale

A minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers is in talks to purchase the Cleveland Browns. Browns owner Randy Lerner dropped the bombshell Friday morning that he is in discussions with Jimmy Haslam to make an investment in the Browns. Haslam is a minority owner of the Steelers, and the Steelers acknowledged the discussions but had no further comment. Lerner did not say it directly...

Forbes: Browns to be sold for $920 million

Randy Lerner’s father, Al Lerner, bought the Browns for $530 million in 1998. After a decade of losing, Randy was looking to sell the Brownies for a price upward of $1 billion (sweet gig, being a sports owner, eh?). While it looks like Lerner’s billion dollar asking price won’t be met, I’d imagine he’ll be okay with this outcome: Randy Lerner is in the process of selling...

Cleveland Browns Owner Randy Lerner in Negotiations to Sell Team

It’s been 10 years since credit card magnate Randy Lerner assumed control over the Cleveland Browns when his father, and then owner, the late Al Learner passed in 2002. Before the elder Lerner passed his son made a promise to him that he would keep the Cleveland Browns in the family. It’s been a tumultuous [...] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links...

Browns owner talking with possible investor

Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner said Friday he is discussing a possible investment in the team by truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam. ''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...

Official Statement from Randy Lerner with Regard to Rumored Browns Sale

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. Given that any transaction would require League approval, care has been taken so that this...

Browns Being Sold To Steelers Owner?

According to sources, the Cleveland Browns are close to being sold to a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tennessee businessman Jimmy Haslem is said to be close to buying the team from Randy Lerner. The Steelers have confirmed the discussions but did not comment any further. One of the contingents of the sale is that the team has to have "a complete and unconditional...

Why Now?

So Randy Lerner is selling the Browns. Why now? Pat McManamon and Zac Jackson of have some answers.

Major Changes Coming for the Cleveland Browns Under New Ownership?

Forbes magazine reported this weekend that the Cleveland Browns are being sold for $920 million dollars. Current owner Randy Lerner is selling the team to a group headed by James Haslam, a current minority owner in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Forbes had placed a value of $977 million on the Browns organization last summer and Lerner reportedly had been asking between $1 to 1.1 billion...

Could Joe Banner be Involved in Browns Acquisition?

Howard Eskin of NBC 10 in Philadelphia (by way of Pro Football Talk) is reporting that Joe Banner will likely be part of the Haslam group that is negotiating with Randy Lerner to buy the Browns. Banner was most recently the president of the Philadelphia Eagles. He was replaced in the role, but remained a “strategic advisor” to Eagles’ owner Jeffrey Lurie. Banner spoke to Pro...

What do we look for in a sports owner?

With the news that Randy Lerner is close to selling his share of the Browns to Jimmy Haslam III, I’ve started to think about this current era of Cleveland sports owners. For better or worse, the men who own our favorite sports teams often come up as a topic for debate in our sports obsessed town. Was this always the case? Sure, Art Modell was always a target (that’s what you...

So Jimmy Haslam Could Invest in the Browns?

Corporate photo of Jimmy Haslam from First of all, let’s just get all the freak outs out of the way. Change is scary. Uncertainty! Screaming! Crying? Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to business, bullet point style. Jimmy Haslam is the 55 year-old CEO of Pilot Travel Centers. He is the son of an 81-year-old Jim Haslam II. Randy Lerner’s statement...

Steelers partial owner interested in purchasing the Cleveland Browns

This story is taking the city of Cleveland by storm , and the Steeler Nation is following this now as well. According to an article published today, Randy Lerner,  owner of the Cleveland Browns is in talks with Steelers minority owner James Haslam about the future of the team. One has to wonder what the Rooney’s think of this,  although you’d have to assume that it’s been...

Progress However Slow? Spawn of Modell-Conspirator in “private negotiations” over sale of Browns to Top Republican Fundraiser/Global Warming Profiteer/Avowed “1,000% Steelers Fan”

Either Plato is being put to the ultimate test here, or there’s something worse than a Modell-Conspirator. Either way, now would be just about the time for an oilman to join the ranks of Cleveland sports ownership. Additionally, James Haslam III (“Jimmy”), with whom Randy Lerner is currently in private negotiations regarding an “investment” in the Browns currently owns...
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