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Haslam can change everything for the Browns – but will he?

The Jimmy Haslam era as Cleveland Browns owner officially began this week with a unanimous vote by the rest of the NFL owners to approve Haslam’s purchase of the team from Randy Lerner.

Haslam has already won over the hearts and minds of Cleveland’s long-suffering fans. He’s also in good (so far) with the Cleveland media because he can fill their notebooks for them.

His fellow owners are even happy, realizing that if Haslam and his team can turn the Browns back into a viable NFL franchise, it will be good for everyone’s wallets.

“It’s going to be a great situation for Cleveland, their fans, players, coaches and the National Football League,”Atlanta Falcons owners Arthur Blank said. “Cleveland does have a storied history. It’s important to (return back to that). It’s a great franchise, it’s been a great franchise.”

But how long will the honeymoon last with fans and the media? Can the Browns become successful enough that the other NFL owners will regret letting Haslam into their club?

We look for answers at The Cleveland Fan.

James Haslam steps down as CEO of Pilot Flying J

James Haslam III – incoming owner of the Cleveland Browns – stepped down from his position Tuesday as CEO of Pilot Flying J, the company his father built into a nationwide series of truck stops.

Haslam, who has been CEO of the company since 1994, will now take on the role of chairman, with PepsiCo President John Compton taking over as Pilot’s CEO, according to

And in newsrooms and on bar stools all across Cleveland, people started reading the tea leaves because this has to mean SOMETHING.

Perhaps Haslam is out shopping for bubble wrap and duct tape to help team president Mike Holmgren pack up, as people have been insisting for weeks now that Holmgren is packing up his office, even as we speak.

Or he could be shadowing coach Pat Shurmur, attending every meeting and press conference with Shurmur. Reports after Sunday’s game had Haslam sitting in the back of the room during Shurmur’s press conference, perfecting the knot on a noose (we may have made that last part up).

Or maybe he’s doing what we’ve been told he would do all along – listen, observe and learn about the Browns operation in particular and the NFL in general. The last thing he needs to do is start making changes just to mollify the hoople heads. We’ve had enough of that over the years from this team.

As fans, shouldn’t that be what we want?

(Photo courtesy of The Plain Dealer)

Signing the check was easy; now it’s time to get to work

It’s been said that you only get one chance to make a first impression. If that is true, then James Haslam struck gold in his first weekend as new owner of the Cleveland Browns.

We know that Haslam can work a room and is smart enough to do his research, but will that translate into being a good owner? That’s the $64,000 question – or in the case of the Browns, the $1 billion question, which is what Haslam reportedly paid for the team.

We start answering that question at The Cleveland Fan.

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