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Haslam's ownership on the brink

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06:54 AM ET 05.09 | The clock may be ticking on Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. When it was first discovered the company owned by [Haslam] had been accused by the FBI of massive fraud, many across the NFL publicly said little and just waited. That may have quickly changed. Several team officials are saying they believe it may be extremely difficult for Haslam to keep the Browns, because he may be ensnared by a myriad of lawsuits and legal actions that could drain his finances and prevent him from keeping the club. "This is more worrisome than people know," said one team official. ... NFL sources say they are concerned about the long-term viability of the Browns under Haslam's control and believe it may be only a matter of time before Haslam is forced to sell the Browns.

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May 9, 2013  06:59 AM ET

Maybe he can ask his brother for a loan -- or for a favorable deal to move the team to Memphis.

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May 9, 2013  07:08 AM ET

One of his companies is accused of massive fraud. And so is the one he owned before the Browns.

May 9, 2013  07:20 AM ET

Did the league not really know any of this when they approved him as owner back in October? What did the league know and when did they know it?

May 9, 2013  07:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Did the league not really know any of this when they approved him as owner back in October? What did the league know and when did they know it?

What is the definition of "know"? "Know" as in the sense of "knowing", or "know" as in "know". They'll take the politician's approach.

May 9, 2013  07:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

What is the definition of "know"? "Know" as in the sense of "knowing", or "know" as in "know". They'll take the politician's approach.

Thank you Bill [Clinton].

May 9, 2013  07:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Maybe he can ask his brother for a loan -- or for a favorable deal to move the team to Memphis.

While Memphis is a larger city, Knoxville would be a better football market. But this would never happen anyway.

May 9, 2013  07:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Did the league not really know any of this when they approved him as owner back in October? What did the league know and when did they know it?

That's what I'm thinking. How could this mountain of crap be unknown to the NFL when they approved him?

Somebody in the league office is going to get hammered for this.

May 9, 2013  08:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

That's what I'm thinking. How could this mountain of crap be unknown to the NFL when they approved him? Somebody in the league office is going to get hammered for this.

Indeed. Apparently the criteria for ownership is whether or not the ownership group has the dough, with no regard for how they may have accumulated it.

May 9, 2013  08:09 AM ET

Apparently the only due diligence the league does is check the wallet at the door.

May 9, 2013  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

While Memphis is a larger city, Knoxville would be a better football market. But this would never happen anyway.

The problem with a pro team in Knoxville is that it's been shown that they won't show up for a losing football squad there. That was the real reason that Fulmer was canned.

May 9, 2013  08:38 AM ET

The Browns just can't catch a break, can they?

May 9, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Maybe Haslam could sell the Browns to Art Modell? That's probably the only way Los Angeles will get a team ...

May 9, 2013  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The Browns just can't catch a break, can they?

Nope, I actually feel sorry for their fans, they have a lot of good loyal fans that deserve better....

May 9, 2013  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I actually feel sorry for their fans

I don't. If they had murdered Art Modell, I would feel sorry for them now. But they let him live, so ...

May 9, 2013  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The Browns just can't catch a break, can they?

actually, this may be good news for them....perhaps the Browns will get bought and move to another city in the middle of the night...

May 9, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Nope, I actually feel sorry for their fans, they have a lot of good loyal fans that deserve better....

If the fans are loyal, they'd be Raven's fans since the Browns franchise moved to Baltimore...loyal Baltimore fans root for the Colts...

May 9, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

actually, this may be good news for them....perhaps the Browns will get bought and move to another city in the middle of the night...

See Comment #13 ...

May 9, 2013  09:10 AM ET

His brother Bill, the Gov. of Tennessee was part of the scam, have him pick up the court costs. Jimmy should be more worried about jail time, guys in the room with him when it was set up are very willing to testify.

Can you own a NFL team from a jail cell? Eddie DeBartolo just turned the 49ers over to family members and did his time.

 
May 9, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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If the fans are loyal, they'd be Raven's fans since the Browns franchise moved to Baltimore...loyal Baltimore fans root for the Colts...

When a team packs its bags and leaves town, the fans all become free agents. When my Brooklyn Dodgers went to LA, they were dead to me. I never cared for them again, even when Tommy LaSorda did Slim-Fast commercials.

Some guys carry a thing for ex-wives and ex-girlfriends, too. Not me. (Except you, Nannette.)

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