The Cleveland Browns have a new owner, and that new owner now has more time to fulfill whatever duties he deems necessary in that role. In what is hard to view as anything but a positive for Cleveland Browns fans seeking an engaged owner, Jimmy Haslam has stepped down as CEO of his family’s company. He will be Chairman of the Board, but PepsiCo’s President John Compton will take his spot in Knoxville.
The news broke late last night and most Cleveland outlets have picked it up already by now, but it is still important to note. What this means for the future is unknown, but it at least indicates the Browns could have a much more watchful steward than Randy Lerner going forward, something that became evident when Jimmy Haslam was in Pat Shurmur’s press conference following the opening week loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
As an aside, how is it that the NFL hasn’t confirmed this man as owner of the Browns yet? They’re waiting for some meeting in mid October, but haven’t they heard of conference calls, email, or even the United States Postal Service? This thing couldn’t have been made official before a meeting at a pretty seemingly arbitrary date?