Check Out The New Browns Owner, Jimmy Haslam

The Randy Lerner Era is over in Cleveland. The Cleveland Browns are now owned by Pilot Flying J president and CEO Jimmy Haslam III. The price tag reportedly was $1.1 billion.

Haslam, 58, has also been an Independent Director at Ruby Tuesday.

Haslam was a minority investor in the Pittsburgh Steelers and in a 2010 profile told the team’s website that he had been a Dallas Cowboys and then an Indianapolis Colts fan. Once he had invested in Pittsburgh, Haslam said he had become “1,000% a Steelers fan.”

His brother Bill is governor of Kentucky. The family also owns minor league baseball’s Tennessee Smokies, the AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

His father Jim Haslam played tackle on the 1951 University of Tennessee national championship football team under General Robert R. Neyland, who is credited with building the school into a football powerhouse, and the Haslam brothers have made large contributions to the university, including Jimmy’s then-record $32.5m in 2006 while a longtime member of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.

The elder Haslam founded the Pilot Corp. in 1958 with a single gas station in Gate City, Va.

The big questions currently being asked involve what direction the owner would like to take the team and whether or not that future involves Holmgren, Shurmur, and even rocket-armed QB Brandon Weeden. The rumor from CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora is that Holmgren could be out, and maybe replaced by Eagles president turned senior adviser Joe Banner. Banner stepped down from being team president because he wanted to run the day-to-day operations of an NFL team.

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