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.
As a fan, you have to wonder what the Rooney’s think of this but rest assured that it’s been talked about previously by all the interested parties. There’s no way a move like this wouldn’t have been.
Haslam III is just a minority owner of the Steelers, and so the Rooney’s always maintain full authority over the team no matter what happens. Since Haslam is indeed a confirmed Steelers fan, this is a business move by a predominant business man. Cleveland fans are certainly not happy campers right now with the possibility of having a Steelers fan have some type of ownership stake in their team. Lerner has confirmed though that the Browns will stay in Cleveland.
WKYC wrote the article below shedding some light on this developing story.
Browns owner Randy Lerner has released a statement confirming he is in talks with businessman James Haslam of Tenneesse regarding Browns’ ownership.
James ‘Jimmy’ Haslam III,58,has been the CEO and President of Pilot Flying J Travel Centers since September 2001. His father,James Haslam Jr. founded the company in 1958. The company is the 11th largest privately owned company in the U.S. and is headquartered in Knoxville,Tennessee.
Jimmy Haslam took his mother’s seat on the Pilot board in 1974,before he graduated from the University of Tennessee. He began working at the company full time in August 1976.
Pilot Travel Centers located in Ohio include sites in Avon,Richfield, Seville,Lodi,Austinburg, Austintown,Girard,and Hubbard.
Haslam became a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008.
In a investor profile posted in 2010 on Steelers.com,Haslam describes himself as originally a Dallas Cowboys fan and then an Indianapolis Colts fan. When asked “Are you a Steelers fan now,or is your relationship with the team more about business?” He answered, “I am 1,000 percent a Steelers fan!”
He and his wife,Dee,have donated more than $10 million to the University of Tennessee Knoxville for university programs, professorships and scholarships.
His father,James Jr.,had been a starting tackle for the University of Tennessee football team, graduating in 1952. The field inside the university’s Neyland Stadium is known as Haslam Field.
His brother,Bill Haslam,is the current governor of Tennessee.
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