Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Jimmy Haslam approved as Browns owner
By Jamison Hensley
Jimmy Haslam was approved unanimously to be the new owner of the Browns at the league’s owners meeting, according to The Plain Dealer.
While this was considered a formality, the next move is going to be the interesting one. While Haslam said he wouldn't make personnel changes until after the season, he's going to want to put his stamp on the team when he does start to makeover the franchise.
The first potential change could be a team president. Mike Holmgren didn't attend the league meetings after originally planning to do so. That has only increased speculation that Haslam will name former Eagles president Joe Banner as his chief executive officer.
Haslam, who purchased the team for $1 billion, gives a fresh start to a franchise that has produced a 69-146 record since returning to the NFL in 1999. That includes two winning seasons (1999 and 2007), one playoff appearance and no postseason wins.