Jul 8 2013, 7:10pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi writes rumors of an impending sale swirled after Pilot Flying J, the truck stop and diesel fuel company founded by Haslam's father, had doubled its debt to nearly $4 billion.
"Absolutely not. We plan on owning the Browns for a long time.
"Since October, we put together a completely new front office, hired a new head coach with two really good coordinators, sold naming rights to the stadium, and went through free agency and the draft."
The same cannot be said of the Tennessee Smokies, the minor league baseball team Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, own. The Smokies are a Double-A Southern League affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and are being sold to Randy Boyd, the CEO of Radio Systems Corporation.
Haslam has been doing everything he could since the April 15 raid on Pilot Flying J headquarters. ESPN also reports there are recorded conversations among sales staff which "outline a scheme to defraud trucking companies of fuel rebates." Five members of the staff have pleaded guilty to mail fraud.
Poch de la Rosa
Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.
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