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Lerner receives assurance that Browns won’t be moved

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It’s becoming more and more clear that Jimmy Haslem isn’t swapping his minority stake in the Steelers for a minority stake in the Browns.  And if/when Haslem, who we’re told owns a double-digit chunk of the Steelers, acquires control of the Browns from Randy Lerner, Haslem won’t be moving the team.

Pat McManamon of FOXSportsOhio.com reports that Lerner received “a complete and unconditional personal assurance that the team can never be moved from the city of Cleveland before he heard any details of the proposal.”

Of course, “a complete and unconditional personal assurance that the team can never be moved from the city of Cleveland” may not be worth the paper on which it may not have been written.  Absent real teeth (like the provision that requires Jags owner Shahid Khan to pay former owner Wayne Weaver an extra $25 million if the team leaves Jacksonville within five years), Haslem can do whatever he wants, once the ink is dry.

That said, the other 31 owners would have something to say about that.  The league’s relocation policy contemplates the existence of a stadium issue that can’t be resolved before any team will move.  In Cleveland, where there’s a fairly new stadium that was built after the last team abruptly bolted due to a stadium issue, chances are the league won’t let the Browns leave.

And that they won’t approve Haslem as the new owner absent a clear commitment that he won’t try to move them.

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31 Responses to “Lerner receives assurance that Browns won’t be moved”
  1. coonsqualler says: Jul 27, 2012 1:08 PM

    Why would a new owner want to move? A top 30 Forbes value for a team that has SUCKED for 20+ years is a good ivnvestment for when the wins start to come!!

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

  2. dukemarc says: Jul 27, 2012 1:09 PM

    That’s good because if they did move them, I’m pretty sure someone would have died this time around.

  3. pwndabeer says: Jul 27, 2012 1:11 PM

    i don’t think there will be any real-estate available once the jaguars leave jacksonville.

    the browns are safe and sound at their home on lake erie.

  4. joetoronto says: Jul 27, 2012 1:17 PM

    Holy crap, screwing those fans again would be the unthinkable.

    It just can’t happen.

  5. benh999 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:20 PM

    Forcing anyone to stay in Cleveland is cruel and unusual punishment.

  6. jaggedmark says: Jul 27, 2012 1:21 PM

    Making an issue out of nothing. The Browns fan base is huge. You can find Browns fans all over the country. The team would never be moved.

  7. scytherius says: Jul 27, 2012 1:22 PM

    While I am not a Browns fan .. that’s good news. SUCH a storied franchise. I’d hate to see Cleveland lose them.

  8. Deb says: Jul 27, 2012 1:31 PM

    @jaggedmark …

    How can you say the team would never be moved? It’s already been moved once–and the Brownies probably had a larger fan base then than they do now. I thought moving them the first time was evil and hope it would never, never happen again. But you can’t just dismiss it as an impossibility. Where that kind of money is concerned, anything is possible.

  9. ravenspit says: Jul 27, 2012 1:34 PM

    Stupid Browns fans saying they are happy to be getting a new owner. Lerner II never gave a rat’s azz about Cleveland or the Browns, what makes you think this personal assurance carry’s any weight. Randy boy will be back in England in about the time they announce relocation.

  10. lionsfan415 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:35 PM

    They should stay in Cleveland, being from Detroit, i have respect for my Rust belt bretheren, dont care how much crap the rest of the country talks, you so cal boys or art deco miami fools can come up and spend day in downtown detroit and talk your crap and see what happens to you.

  11. turdfurgerson68 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:43 PM

    The Los Angles Browns…not bad.

    LA already took one team from Cleveland, why not have history repeat itself?

  12. bucs13 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:44 PM

    I think that the team should be bought, should be moved, and Cleveland should be sued. Because more lawsuits is exactly what this league needs. It’s in the name!

    The Neverending Fun Litigation.

    And then we can have articles on it. Maybe the Dawg Pound can put bounties on the new owner.

  13. raqaiw says: Jul 27, 2012 1:55 PM

    i don’t get why Brown’s fans would be upset about the team leaving Cleveland. If they keep their history, colors, and traditions,but they play in say, Portland, why not root for the Browns still? The Ravens left Cleveland and won a championship in 4 years,maybe the same would happen to the Portland Browns?

  14. millerbeer says: Jul 27, 2012 2:02 PM

    Time will tell. Don’t get all fired-up about this. It would be foolish to move this team. A solid fan base that will explode when they start winning again – and they WILL be a winning team again.

  15. dybzinski10 says: Jul 27, 2012 2:04 PM

    @raqaiw…

    So are you saying you pick your teams based on colors and tradition? Sound alike a bandwagoner (or worse).

    Why would we want to follow a team that doesn;t represent our city and I couldn’t go watch live?

    That makes sense. Surprised you didn’t throw in a overused old Cleveland joke despite never actually going there.

  16. csszrr says: Jul 27, 2012 2:05 PM

    Yea. The Browns are moving…ok. the only way Cleveland has the Browns stolen twice would be if that cesspool of crime and degradation, Baltimore–charm city, indeed–stuck a pistol in someone’s face. Yea, Baltimore a lovely town if you are not in the srug trade. I mean that city has two former Browns franchises.

  17. j0esixpack says: Jul 27, 2012 2:11 PM

    raqaiw says: i don’t get why Brown’s fans would be upset about the team leaving Cleveland. If they keep their history, colors, and traditions,but they play in say, Portland, why not root for the Browns still? The Ravens left Cleveland and won a championship in 4 years,maybe the same would happen to the Portland Browns?

    ————————————-

    Yeah – and how many Cleveland fans do you think were cheering for the Ravens?

    But you’re probably right.

    Skip the pretense, give Pittsburgh two teams (I’m sure the Steelers fan base can support another team) and Cleveland can cheer on the Pittsburgh Browns to a Championship

    That will be a happy day in Cleveland.

  18. jmp527 says: Jul 27, 2012 2:12 PM

    The AFC North will beg for the Browns to stay. Having them on your schedule is almost guaranteeing 2 wins

  19. rocketdogsports says: Jul 27, 2012 2:13 PM

    Why before the season starts?

    No team can be a winner without STABILITY. Cleveland has been 8.5 on the Richter since returning to the league.

    Not a good situation for this year just got worse.

  20. neraider says: Jul 27, 2012 2:14 PM

    “The league’s relocation policy contemplates the existence of a stadium issue that can’t be resolved before any team will move…chances are the league won’t let the Browns leave.

    Can’t move without the owner’s approval?

    Ask Pete Rozelle how that worked for them in 1982.

  21. thefiesty1 says: Jul 27, 2012 2:32 PM

    That may be the only way Colt can get out of Cleveland.

  22. joetoronto says: Jul 27, 2012 2:39 PM

    “The league’s relocation policy contemplates the existence of a stadium issue that can’t be resolved before any team will move…chances are the league won’t let the Browns leave.”

    Pete Rozelle: I told Al Davis that he couldn’t move without approval from the league.”

    Question: And what did he say?

    Pete Rozelle: He said “Just watch me.”

  23. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Jul 27, 2012 2:55 PM

    incredibly classy and timely. way to give the already cruddy team much more to think about like “who is going to buy us and do whatever they want with the team”.

  24. rollteal says: Jul 27, 2012 3:04 PM

    So if let’s say the Browns where to move ?
    Would Cleveland have another grassroots movement, sue the NFL and push to get a 3rd incarnation of the Browns.

  25. theravenlives2 says: Jul 27, 2012 3:21 PM

    Yea. The Browns are moving…ok. the only way Cleveland has the Browns stolen twice would be if that cesspool of crime and degradation, Baltimore–charm city, indeed–stuck a pistol in someone’s face. Yea, Baltimore a lovely town if you are not in the srug trade. I mean that city has two former Browns franchises.

    ==================================
    Ah, you can just cut the jealousy with a knife, can’t ya.

    Once your beloved Browns moved away from scum like you, they became a winner. It only took us four years to wash the stains of Cleveland away and hoist a Lombardi. Only two players that played in Cleveland were still on the damn team (Larry Webster – who, BTW, grew up an hour north of Baltimore – and Matt Stover). Stover is now in the Ravens Ring of Honor and STILL lives in Baltimore.

    When the Browns moved, all we heard was “We want our name, our colors, and our team. We don’t want Art Modell.” Well, you got exactly what you wanted, so shut your pie hole!

  26. doubledown73 says: Jul 27, 2012 4:20 PM

    theres room for two teams in baltimore, can we trade the browns to indy and get the colts back? AWWWWK!

  27. farmdoy says: Jul 27, 2012 4:30 PM

    would not be the second time the third the rams moved from cleveland in the 40′s and as far as a move it comes down to money look in to every team that has moved the raiders moved for Ok to La then back to Ok and Davis just did it told the NFL he did not care what they thought it would just be odd to see the browns move twice to La

  28. covercorner says: Jul 27, 2012 6:38 PM

    What if the city of Cleveland has a vote and the citizens ask the Browns to leave?

  29. briang123 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:38 PM

    I was beyond upset when the Browns left in the 90′s, and I am an Eagles fan. Anyone who cares about the NFL has to want the Browns where they belong, in Cleveland.

  30. coachbeck says: Jul 28, 2012 12:17 AM

    London Browns has a nice ring and. Reason for me to take a trip for my bengals

  31. berniekosarisgod19 says: Jul 28, 2012 9:49 AM

    raqaiw says:
    Jul 27, 2012 1:55 PM
    i don’t get why Brown’s fans would be upset about the team leaving Cleveland. If they keep their history, colors, and traditions,but they play in say, Portland, why not root for the Browns still? The Ravens left Cleveland and won a championship in 4 years,maybe the same would happen to the Portland Browns?

    raqaiw, I don’t see why you would care if your girlfriend leaves you and sleeps with other guys, and never calls you? Why not root for her still, as long as she looks the same right? Your comment was beyond idiotic. The reason people from Cleveland root for the Browns is because they are the CLEVELAND Browns. Did you really need someone to point that out to you?

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