NFL: Owner Jimmy Haslam Won't Sell Cleveland Browns

In spite of his Pilot Flying J corporation currently embroiled in a federal investigation and several lawsuits, owner Jimmy Haslam says he is not selling the Cleveland Browns.

Jul 8 2013, 7:10pm CDT | by

NFL: Owner Jimmy Haslam Won't Sell Cleveland Browns
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Owner Jimmy Haslam has made it clear: the Cleveland Browns are not for sale

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. 

The article was featured on the Wall Street Journal. In an interview with ESPN Cleveland, Haslam remained adamant his Browns are not up for sale. 

"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. 

In spite of the company's legal troubles, Haslam assured Cleveland Browns fans that all will be well, via NFL.com. He stated there is "absolutely zero to worry about."

The Browns went 5-11 in 2012 and missed the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season. 

 
 
 


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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