Cleveland Browns owner and Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam are selling the Tennessee Smokies minor league baseball team.
Pilot Flying J is under a federal investigation into alleged rebate fraud. Lauren Christ, a spokeswoman for Pilot Flying J, said the sale of the Smokies wouldn't affect Haslam's ownership of the Browns and was unrelated to the investigation.
Randy Boyd, the CEO of Knoxville-based Radio Systems Corporation and a top education adviser to Gov. Haslam, is buying the Chicago Cubs' Double-A Southern League affiliate, the team announced Friday.
''It does have something to do with Cleveland in that we're obviously going to be spending more time there,'' Jimmy Haslam told the Knoxville News-Sentinel, which first reported the sale. ''But I think the reality is the entire partnership group had owned the team for 12 years and felt like it was time for new ownership.''
The deal still awaits final approval from Minor League Baseball and Major ...