Haslam son-in-law joins Browns as an executive vice president

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A man known for firing employees perhaps too quickly has a new employee whom it will be harder to fire.

Via wkyc.com, the son-in-law of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam will join the team as an executive vice president. And so JW Johnson will move his family to Cleveland and assume an active role in the team.

Per the report, a spokesperson for the Browns confirmed the move, explaining that Jimmy and co-owner Dee Haslam hope “to make it more of a family business, very much in line with the structure of other NFL franchises.”

It’s not as if the Browns, 1-31 over the past two seasons, will be any worse as a result of the move. And the Haslams are right; NFL franchises largely continue to be family-owned businesses, albeit hardly Mom and Pop operations.

That’s one of the reasons why nepotism seems to be so widely tolerated in the coaching ranks. It’s hard for ownership to apply a do-as-we-say-not-as-we-do approach when what ownership does is hire their own family members with the obvious goal of grooming them to take over the business at the appropriate time.

Otherwise, when the appropriate time comes, the only option is to sell the team.

13 responses to “Haslam son-in-law joins Browns as an executive vice president

  1. The entire NFL is full of nepotism. Everyone does favors for everyone’s family in the coaching circles. Every intern is the kid of someone already on staff or on another NFL staff. Nepotism is how the NFL is run.

  2. As stated in the article, the NFL is full of nepotism…but so are countless other private businesses/ industries around the country. People dont seem to care when John Smith hires John Smith Jr for a position at John Smith & Sons Plumbing….

    JW Johnson has been working for RIVR Media for years (and Pilot Flying J before that) which was founded by Dee Haslam, Jimmy’s wife. As long this guy isnt immediately making football decisions I dont even think its a bad hire, frankly will probably be an asset in their media/ fan engagement division. Who knows with a job title as ambiguous as Exec VP.

  3. Nepotism isn’t just widespread in the NFL, it’s widespread throughout the world and throughout history. To want to help out and take care of your family is human nature and won’t ever change. Get over it.

  4. Is this a violation of the Rooney Rule? I heard his office will be next to the baseball guy so they can try to keep tabs on Dorsey….

  5. Poor guy! It’s hard enough being a son-in-law. Now he has to do it
    in the city of Cleveland! :/ lol

  6. Geez! And I was just starting to think that maybe, just maybe, the Browns were over the hump with a chance to be a vastly improved team this season.

    The Cleveland Browns: Where hope goes to die!

  7. mcnabbster says:
    June 14, 2018 at 10:49 am
    Nepotism isn’t just widespread in the NFL, it’s widespread throughout the world and throughout history. To want to help out and take care of your family is human nature and won’t ever change. Get over it.

    Right!!?? Case in point. Bengals and Marvin Lewis. His son, Marcus Lewis is a Defensive Quality Control Coach. People wonder why he’s not been fired yet, myself included but being a life long Bengals fan I’m also familiar, (unfortunately), with how Mike Brown operates. He’s
    TOO loyal. Anyways, my point is, Marvin Lewis has stated several times he won’t quit coaching the Bengals until his son, Marcus, gets a job with another team. (In other words, again unfortunately, he’ll probably be coaching the Bengals for YEARS to come because I’ve not seen anything that shows he’d, (Marcus) have an NFL job if it weren’t for Dad). :/ lol

  8. Nepotism is rampant everywhere, but that doesn’t make it right or ethical. It’s just more hypocrisy in a league that claims to be built on values. Besides, this is the Trump era. He hired his kids – his deal with China worked out pretty sweet for Ivanka.

    Just keep it all in mind whenever someone in the NFL talks about “protecting the shield” like that actually means something.

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