View Full Version : Browns are up for sale! Minority Steelers owner interested.

07-27-2012, 12:43 PM
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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07-27-2012, 12:46 PM
The Cleveland Browns have been put up for sale by Randy Lerner, apparently, a Steelers fan is in the leading race to buy the Cleveland Browns, unbelievable. Wonder what the hell he is going to do to em? WKYC confirmed this. Flagship of the Browns. Jim Haslam is the minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2008!

I live in Cleveland and let me tell you, Browns fans are in an uproar if James Haslam buy this team. They are extremely nervous up here. The news been nuts!

07-27-2012, 01:03 PM
I thought Ben Roethlisberger owned the Browns!?!?! :cope:

Black@Gold Forever32
07-27-2012, 01:08 PM
I thought Ben Roethlisberger owned the Browns!?!?! :cope:

good one....lol

07-27-2012, 01:11 PM
This is purely a business move by a business man. If he were to win partial or complete ownership though after professing his allegiance to the Steelers, half of Ohio is going to jump into the Lake. LOL

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Raleigh Steel
07-27-2012, 02:16 PM
I thought Ben Roethlisberger owned the Browns!?!?! :cope:

i was gonna say, don't the steelers already own the browns?

you beat me to it!!!!!!! :tt02:

07-27-2012, 02:30 PM
I thought Ben Roethlisberger owned the Browns!?!?! :cope:


07-27-2012, 02:51 PM
Like going from Filet mignon to ramen noodles.

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07-27-2012, 03:02 PM
I'll throw down $50. Meh, make it $30.

07-27-2012, 04:09 PM
Like going from Filet mignon to ramen noodles.

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Don't give them that much credit, I like Ramen Noodles...lol

07-27-2012, 04:54 PM
I thought Ben Roethlisberger owned the Browns!?!?! :cope:

LMAO, you certainly nailed that one.

07-27-2012, 05:05 PM
They could be our farm team. Better yet, our practice squad.

We could use them as a threat. 'Sign your contract or we're transferring you to the Browns'.

07-27-2012, 05:34 PM
I thought Ben Roethlisberger owned the Browns!?!?! :cope:

Now that's some funny stuff right there!

07-27-2012, 05:35 PM
I got $13.42 to spare.

07-27-2012, 05:40 PM

08-01-2012, 02:13 PM
In case you're still interested:

The Browns (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/CLE/cleveland-browns) are getting ready for the 2012 NFL season (preview their chances here!), but they've also got the weight of an impending sale of the franchise to Jimmy Haslam (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19667918/lerner-giving-up-controlling-interest-of-browns-haslam-could-buy-very-quickly) to deal with in the background.

For the players, the change is fairly minimal. For the front office, well, it's a different story, particularly because, as GM Tom Heckert told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer (http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2012/07/cleveland_browns_striving_to_k.html), "no one's really sure what's going to happen."

"Until we sit down with the new owner, no one's really sure what's going to happen," said Heckert. "I've told the guys on my staff and some of the players to just keep doing what they're doing. From a football standpoint, there's not a whole that can be changed at this point, so it's got to be business as usual."


08-01-2012, 03:45 PM
The Browns just received a Brinks truck, these owners are loaded... Lets see if they spend the cash now.
The Ravens may be in 4th place next year... lol

08-02-2012, 12:54 PM
It's official now, Haslam owns the team pending league approval... (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/rapid-reports/post/19711503)

Less than a week after initial reports (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19667918/browns-owner-randy-lerner-confirms-jimmy-haslams-interest-in-investment) that Browns (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/CLE/cleveland-browns) owner Randy Lerner could give up controlling interest in the team and Jimmy Haslam could move "very quickly," that's exactly what has happened.

CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora confirms that the Browns' sale to Haslam, a Tennessee (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/TEN/tennessee-titans) businessman, is now complete. He notes that the move is subject to league approval, which will happen, but it will still require a formal vetting.

"The owners could vote on it later this month, and the latest it would receive formal approval would be the scheduled October fall meeting," La Canfora writes.

Less certain, however, is the future of team president Mike Holmgren. Joe Banner, the former Eagles (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/PHI/philadelphia-eagles)' president, will join Haslam in Cleveland although sources tell La Canfora that it's not a sure thing that he will reprise that role with the Browns. Even if he doesn't, Holmgren could be out, but again timing could be an issue. According to La Canfora, if Haslam is not formally approved until October than the likelihood of Holmgren sticking around at least through the 2012 season grows.

Meanwhile, league sources tell ESPN (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8225861/randy-lerner-sells-cleveland-browns-more-1b-sources-say)'s Adam Schefter that the sale was in excess of $1 billion and consists of two parts: Haslam will assume controlling interest for more than $700 million, and he will later pay $300 million to complete the deal.

Haslam is the president and CEO of Pilot Flying-J based out of Knoxville, Tennessee. Since 2008, he's been a minority investor in the Pittsburgh Steelers (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/PIT/pittsburgh-steelers). He admitted (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8225861/randy-lerner-sells-cleveland-browns-more-1b-sources-say) in a profile on the team's website that he had previously been a fan of theCowboys (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/DAL/dallas-cowboys) and Colts (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/page/IND/indianapolis-colts) but had become "1,000 percent a Steelers fan." We're guessing that will change.

08-02-2012, 06:46 PM
lerner didn't care about this team. he just overpaid mike holmgren to run it. i hate the browns and hope they suck every year. i hate browns fans. biggest group of jagoffs youll ever meet.

Big T
08-02-2012, 07:06 PM
A billion for the browns?!?!? Jesus. I wonder how much a real NFL franchise would go for.

08-03-2012, 08:31 AM
now they are calling them the billion dollar team :thud:.... the things I could do with a billion dollars....one thing I would not do is buy the browns....they seem to be pleased here in cleveland...

08-03-2012, 09:23 AM
I wonder how Haslam will be greated by the fans after saying he's a Steeler fan. You know those asshats in Cleveland are going to spray paint his car and slash his tires.

Jimmy Haslam and his family have been great partners in the Steelers Ownership for the past three years. 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.


08-03-2012, 09:27 AM
This whole purchase is just weird to me... But it's the Browns!

08-03-2012, 09:46 AM
I wonder how Haslam will be greated by the fans after saying he's a Steeler fan. You know those asshats in Cleveland are going to spray paint his car and slash his tires.


actually they all seem happy...and I mean really happy...plus...he said before he was a 1000x steelers fans 3 years ago he was a cowboys fan and before that etc...so he clearly does not stick with one team...a few people have made some comments about not being happy...but i would say 90% dont care about the steelers part

08-03-2012, 03:34 PM
Like going from Filet mignon to ramen noodles.

Meal of champions going thru college on a limited budget. 10 for a dollar sometimes. Can't beat that.