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Cleveland Browns for Sale? What Do You Think of the Rumors?

The team’s owner, Randy Lerner, has said he is in conversations with Jimmy Haslam, who is “interested in making an investment.”

Updated, 2:40 p.m.: Fox 8 News Cleveland reports that Randy Lerner will sell his controlling interest in the Cleveland Browns.

Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner has confirmed rumors that he is in negotiations with a potential investor, Jimmy Haslam.

According to a release on the Browns' website, Haslam is “interested in making an investment in the Cleveland Browns.”

Crain’s Cleveland Business reports that it is not clear whether the move would make Haslam a majority or minority owner in the team if it goes through. But Fox 8 reported Friday that team president Mike Holmgrem has confirmed that Lerner is selling controlling interest in the Browns.

According to the release from the Browns, Lerner and Haslam plan to keep details of the negotiations private and will try to prevent it from disrupting the organization or the team.

Cleveland.com has some details on Haslam, the president of Pilot Flying J and a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers have a Q and A with Haslam on its website, where Haslam reports that he is “1,000 percent a Steelers fan!” (Um, should Browns fans be worried?)

What do you think will happen as these negotiations move forward? Would you like to see the Browns under new ownership or do you think Lerner has been doing a good job? Tell us in the comments.

Buckeyecoop July 29, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Linda Um...- you are just digging yourself a deeper hole. The reference to the Browns as dogs, (or "Dawgs") never appeared anywhere until the mid 80's. The original term was begun by Hanford Dixon and Frank Minifield when fans in the Bleachers could hear them "barking" at the opponents they were covering. Hanford Dixon, drafted in 1981, is the one who, with Minnifiedl in '84, referred to bleachers as the Dawg Pound becuase the fans there began to also chant "woof - woof", etc, along with Dixon and Minnifield. Sorry, Linda if you think your age, and being a fan for years, counts over actual facts, but the Dog image has never appeared on ANY official licensed Browns or NFL gear, stationary or helmet until then,and in reality, officialy not until the teamcame back because Modell would not allow it. I elieve there may have been a year when he allowed others to use it, but then threatened to sue. People who produced apparel and such have no license to the helmet have taken to making several style "Dawg" insignia's for their clothing - people love them and I have at least three different style dogs on hats and shirts - but they ar enot in any way official Browns or NFL logo's. Again - I suggest you find some facts before you make statements and represent them to be factual. Glad your Grandma is still a great Browns fan at 90. So is my Father -in-law at 93!
Buckeyecoop July 29, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Linda Um...- you are just digging yourself a deeper hole. The reference to the Browns as dogs, (or "Dawgs") never appeared anywhere until the mid 80's. The original term was begun by Hanford Dixon and Frank Minifield when fans in the Bleachers could hear them "barking" at the opponents they were covering. Hanford Dixon, drafted in 1981, is the one who, with Minnifiedl in '84, referred to bleachers as the Dawg Pound becuase the fans there began to also chant "woof - woof", etc, along with Dixon and Minnifield. Sorry, Linda if you think your age, and being a fan for years, counts over actual facts, but the Dog image has never appeared on ANY official licensed Browns or NFL gear, stationary or helmet until then,and in reality, officialy not until the teamcame back because Modell would not allow it. I elieve there may have been a year when he allowed others to use it, but then threatened to sue.
Dave July 29, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Write to Randy Lerner, ... Ya good luck with that! Its just nice to see SOMEONE who wants to invest in Cleveland. Period. Will he do better? Unknown. But his money might just help our "maybe next year" team.
Linda UmBayemake July 30, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I have bought many items from leather coats to hats to dog items from the official Browns store in Berea and online. So check your facts. And I did not say the dog picture was on in the beginning it has been on a long time which 1980 is a long time. Lighten up nothing I lived in Pittsburgh quite a while my family base is there and no one I knew pronounced Steelers anything but Steelers. Maybe it depended on what side of town you lived on. By the way my age has nothing to do with, so have a good day.
Linda UmBayemake July 30, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Hi Dave, I have written to deceased Lerner and young Lerner. Both have replied, the elder Lerner called me when I lived in Kentucky because he said my letter was so funny. But I agree with you maybe new money will help give the Browns the edge they need, something should.

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