I guess it made sense for Mike Holmgren to specifically say that Randy Lerner was selling a “controlling” interest in the Cleveland Browns if Jim Donovan’s report is true. Donovan claims that Randy will initially retain 30% of the club in his proposed1 deal with Jimmy Haslam III.
Obviously this still means that Haslam will have a controlling interest in the team, but it might or might not change the dynamics of change in Berea a bit.
I know that sounds a bit wishy washy, but there’s really no way to know for sure how much change the new owner and his investing group will deem necessary. It has been speculated widely that Holmgren would be marginalized by former Eagles president Joe Banner. Obviously that leads to more speculation as Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur are the next couple dominoes in line after Holmgren.
So, maybe Randy Lerner’s continued partial ownership will have at least a bit of influence. Only time will tell as we move toward the deal being finalized and as we get to know the players in this new ownership group better.
- pending? [↩]