Randy Lerner puts Aston Villa up for sale

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The rumors have finally come to fruition. After eight years as Aston Villa’s owner, former Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner is finally selling his Aston Villa soccer club. In a statement on Villa’s website Lerner gave detailed reasons for selling up as he believes that a fresh and a new approach is needed to bring

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Jimmy Haslam sounds like the Browns owner we always wanted

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  Maybe 2013 will go down in Browns history as a strange outlier. Maybe we’ll all laugh about it as the trial by fire (of a thousand suns?) that Jimmy Haslam needed in order to figure out how to run a football team and be the kind of team owner he always envisioned becoming. After

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The Cleveland Browns have changed me

The latest round of dysfunction in Berea has taken a serious toll on me as a football fan and it might have permanently changed my perspective of the game. A week or so ago, I got into a conversation with a Twitter follower who has been reading WFNY for some time, and he noted how

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The Raid of Pilot Flying J – WFNY Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2013: No. 7

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If you thought that 2012 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2013 proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, and apperances in postseasons and courtrooms. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last five

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Jim Brown to assume new role with Cleveland Browns this week

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Outspoken Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown will assume a new role within the Cleveland Browns’ front office this week. Brown has served in several capacities with the Browns and, now at age 77, will begin another phase with the team. ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi reports that Brown will be formally introduced by owner Jimmy Haslam on

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WFNY Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2012: #1 Haslam and Banner Replace Lerner and Holmgren

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2012 was one crazy year in the wild wacky world of Cleveland Sports. Some would tell you 2012 was as bad as it has ever been here. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last four years, WFNY will take a look at what we view to be the 10 biggest sports stories affecting

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Moving Forward in Berea: Mike Holmgren, legacies and dirty water

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In a lot of ways, I’m happy that Mike Holmgren’s services are no longer needed in Cleveland. Given the team’s record over the last three years, I welcome the opportunity to have someone else lead this team. Still, I’m a bit taken aback by some of the outbursts on Twitter and on local talk radio

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WFNY Podcast – 2012-10-24 – Defining Holmgren’s legacy

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Andrew and Craig discuss Mike Holmgren’s press conference with the media. More specifically, how is Holmgren’s legacy defined today, and how could it change in the future? How much of everything is Randy Lerner’s fault? How much credit should Holmgren get if this roster produces wins down the road? What about Holmgren’s mistakes? Giving Mangini

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Browns’ Mike Holmgren a no-show in Chicago for NFL owners meetings

Though he represented Randy Lerner in years past, current Cleveland Browns team president Mike Holmgren has decided to bail on his planned trip to the 2012 NFL owners meetings held in Chicago, Illinois. Since officially stepping in as team president in January 2010, Holmgren had been casting ownership votes on league business on behalf of

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Jim Brown re-uniting with the Cleveland Browns this weekend

I know many in Cleveland are tired of hearing from Jim Brown because his truth isn’t always the easiest to hear whether he’s talking about Trent Richardson or Art Modell. Brown seemingly also didn’t appreciate Mike Holmgren’s version of the truth that he didn’t need Jim Brown in his larger adviser role that Randy Lerner

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Joe Banner Will Join Browns As Top Executive In October, According To Report

Just minutes before the Browns kick off the season against the Eagles, reports have surfaced that former Philly football executive Joe Banner will be joining the Browns in late October. Jason La Canfora of CBS reported that Banner would come on board as soon as new owner Jimmy Haslam takes full ownership of the Browns.

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Jimmy Haslam Represents Possibility and Opportunity

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Now that it has sunk in that the Browns have a new owner, I am extremely happy at the prospects. There are no guarantees that Jimmy Haslam is going to do this thing right, but it represents opportunity for Browns fans to have something that most didn’t even think possible a few short weeks ago.

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Cabot: Joe Banner Will Join Browns Ownership Group

Though the deal has yet to be voted on by the National Football League, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that former Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner will join  Jimmy Haslam in Cleveland once the sale is approved. Banner, who has declined essentially all comment with regard to the pending sale, worked closely

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A Mild Conspiracy Theory About the Sale of the Browns

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The Browns are sold even if the ink isn’t dry. This much we know. What we don’t know is how it all came to pass. Let’s go through the timeline a bit. January, Randy Lerner goes on Mike Trivisonno’s radio show to raise his profile. It seemed like Lerner was finally starting to get the

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Jim Donovan reports Lerner will retain 30% of Browns

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

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A different Shurmur enters his second training camp

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The difference in Pat Shurmur year over year is obvious. While it is far too early to see how it translates to the team on the field, there’s simply no doubting he is a different guy than the guarded, often flustered coach that talked to the media every day last year about the percentage of

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Forbes: Browns to be sold for $920 million

Randy Lerner’s father, Al Lerner, bought the Browns for $530 million in 1998. After a decade of losing, Randy was looking to sell the Brownies for a price upward of $1 billion (sweet gig, being a sports owner, eh?). While it looks like Lerner’s billion dollar asking price won’t be met, I’d imagine he’ll be

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McManamon: Lerner looks to guarantee team can’t move

The first fear any Browns fan has when talking about the team being sold is that they could be stolen1 from the city again as Art Modell did so many years ago. It was most of our instincts to think that Randy Lerner would look to ensure that the Browns would never move, and according to

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Could Joe Banner be Involved in Browns Acquisition?

Howard Eskin of NBC 10 in Philadelphia (by way of Pro Football Talk) is reporting that Joe Banner will likely be part of the Haslam group that is negotiating with Randy Lerner to buy the Browns. Banner was most recently the president of the Philadelphia Eagles. He was replaced in the role, but remained a

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So Jimmy Haslam Could Invest in the Browns?

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First of all, let’s just get all the freak outs out of the way. Change is scary. Uncertainty! Screaming! Crying? Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to business, bullet point style. Jimmy Haslam is the 55 year-old CEO of Pilot Travel Centers. He is the son of an 81-year-old Jim Haslam

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