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If necessary, Haslam’s father will take over the Browns


The NFL previously has said there’s no plan in place for dealing with the ownership of the Browns if Jimmy Haslam faces federal fraud charges.  But the NFL always has a plan, even for stuff that doesn’t really need a plan.

According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, Haslam’s father, Jim, would take over the Browns, if Jimmy Haslam is forced to step down.

It’s not clear what would prompt Jimmy Haslam to step aside, and Kaplan says there’s no immediate plan for a transition in power.  At a minimum, an indictment could prompt the Pilot Flying J CEO to hand the reins to the man who founded the billion-dollar company now embroiled in scandal, even though Jim Haslam has had no role in the scam that has resulted in seven guilty pleas, and counting.

“We are not commenting on any potential scenarios,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Kaplan.  Which is a lot more telling than the league’s prior position that there are no scenarios other than “business as usual.”

Though the Browns are doing their best to project a business-as-usual vibe, there’s nothing usual about having an owner who could be indicted by a grand jury, pretty much at any time.

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12 Responses to “If necessary, Haslam’s father will take over the Browns”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 5, 2013 1:25 PM

    But Goodell said 3 days ago that Haslam is a man of great integrity and they expect him to be a great owner. So why would the NFL help to develop a plan that goes against their beliefs and expectations? Or was Goodell just lying to us? I think the answer is obvious.

  2. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 5, 2013 1:26 PM

    Doesn’t his father have to be like 90 years old?

    Oh well, guess it couldn’t hurt anything.

  3. wheels579 says: Aug 5, 2013 1:35 PM

    Let cousin Udonis take over.

  4. ctiggs says: Aug 5, 2013 1:43 PM

    Im assuming his “Fahza” (Goldmember) is no spring chicken

  5. pj1983a says: Aug 5, 2013 1:51 PM

    @crownofthehelmet: James Haslam II (Jimmy’s father) is 82. Not a spring chicken, but not the oldest NFL owner by a long shot.

  6. realfootballfan says: Aug 5, 2013 1:54 PM

    This is like that episode of Seinfeld where the father and the son both have you confused on how old they are. His father? Isn’t Jimmy like 70 himself, lol?

  7. sbchampsagain says: Aug 5, 2013 2:12 PM


  8. theblondbomber says: Aug 5, 2013 4:07 PM

    54 cents for a pack of smokes?! DAYUM

  9. audient says: Aug 5, 2013 4:25 PM

    That’s moderately good news, really. It is unlikely that Haslam II would shake up the front office just to put his mark on it if Jimmy had to step down. And that is really the biggest thing to be concerned of as a Browns fan. We don’t need another season lost due to a transition in power.

  10. burnpittsburgh says: Aug 5, 2013 8:59 PM

    This may not be possible if the NFL re-vets Flying Pilot J and deems them not financially solid enough to support the team. Additionally, they still owe hundreds of millions of dollars to Lerner in 2016 and who knows if their company can recover after screwing over the whole industry.

  11. jimmyjames65 says: Aug 5, 2013 11:52 PM

    You guys are too much.

  12. mrfrostyj says: Aug 6, 2013 11:03 AM

    So what this says is.


    If Jimmy Haslam gets indicted then hypothetically his father would take over the franchise while he goes to hypothetical prison for his hypothetical crimes.

    Yeah I can’t understand why the NFL would waste time acknowledging that either.

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