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Haslam planning to sell minor league baseball team

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The Browns aren’t the only sports team owned by Jimmy Haslam.

Haslam and other members of his family are part of the ownership group that controls the Tennessee Smokies, a Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, but they are looking to get out of the minor league baseball business. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Haslam and company are planning to sell the team to another local businessman, a move that probably wouldn’t have drawn much attention if not for the ongoing drama at Pilot Flying J.

That’s the chain of truck stops that the Haslam family founded and still owns and which is facing a federal fraud investigation that has already led to five guilty pleas from employees of the company. Haslam insists that the move to sell the baseball team has nothing to do with that investigation and that Browns fans have “absolutely zero to worry about” as a result of any transaction with the Smokies.

“It does have something to do with Cleveland in that we’re obviously going to be spending more time there,” Haslam said. “But I think the reality is the entire partnership group had owned the team for 12 years and felt like it was time for new ownership.”

That may be the case, but the backdrop of the investigation into Haslam’s main business means that there’s going to be extra attention paid to dealings in his other concerns until he’s free and clear of potential prosecution.

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18 Responses to “Haslam planning to sell minor league baseball team”
  1. thesteelers says: Jun 28, 2013 10:13 AM

    The Browns are next. Perhaps it is for the best.

  2. citiciti says: Jun 28, 2013 10:19 AM

    Cash flow.

  3. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 28, 2013 10:20 AM

    Can you imagine if he packed up the team in the middle of the night and moved them to Baltimore.

  4. skoobyfl says: Jun 28, 2013 10:26 AM

    As a Buffalo fan, I’m having flashbacks of the Adelphia / Regas incident here.

  5. brettfavresmidget says: Jun 28, 2013 10:27 AM

    I wonder how much Aaron Hernandez, and more importantly Bo Fish, knew about the Flying J scandal?

  6. kane337 says: Jun 28, 2013 10:53 AM

    Dude paid 1 billion for the Browns. Won’t get a return on investment for that in a while.

  7. rdrs68 says: Jun 28, 2013 11:13 AM

    any funny cash rebates involved in this sale?

  8. overratedsteelerhater says: Jun 28, 2013 11:52 AM

    how about if he moved them to pittsburgh?

  9. virg1969 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:27 PM

    I wonder if we are looking at the next franchise to move to Los Angeles?

  10. bmore44 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:32 PM

    This guy makes Jerry Jones look like a genius.

  11. camdenyard says: Jun 28, 2013 1:18 PM

    If he were smart, he’d sell his minor league football team too.

  12. tinbender2000 says: Jun 28, 2013 1:19 PM

    He looks like he’s hitching a ride. Dis

  13. tinbender2000 says: Jun 28, 2013 1:20 PM

    He looks like he’s hitching a ride. Did he run out of fuel?

  14. cbusbrownie says: Jun 28, 2013 1:23 PM

    virg1969: Really? Cleveland may go thru another ownership change (maybe) but the last thing the NFL wants to do is alienate the greatest fan base on this planet. LA….think Jaguars… your home work.

  15. titaniksigh says: Jun 28, 2013 1:50 PM

    Yawn. I’ve grown accustomed to far more exciting stories recently.

  16. theravenlives2 says: Jun 28, 2013 1:59 PM

    virg1969: Really? Cleveland may go thru another ownership change (maybe) but the last thing the NFL wants to do is alienate the greatest fan base on this planet. LA….think Jaguars… your home work.

    Yeah, because the NFL would never let a team move out of Cleve……oh, wait!

  17. pmars64 says: Jun 28, 2013 2:18 PM

    Yea, the NFL let the Colts leave Baltimore, too. But, it’s OK to steal a team after you’ve had one stolen from you. Right?

  18. papacrick says: Jun 28, 2013 3:06 PM

    He was only stealing money from honest, hard working truckers. It’s not like he shot anyone in the face.

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