Just a day before training camp starts, rumors have been swirling that the Cleveland Browns have been sold. The Browns moments ago released this statement:
“In connection with current rumors and press inquiries, I can report that I’ve been approached by Mr. Jimmy Haslam, who is interested in making an investment in the Cleveland Browns,” Lerner says. “We are currently in negotiations and both sides have agreed to keep that dialogue and its details private. Given that any transaction would require League approval, care has been taken so that this process will not be disruptive to the organization, in particular the football team, as it prepares for the upcoming season. We will share further details or make an announcement if it becomes necessary.”
We will update this story as more information becomes available.
UPDATE 11am: This just in from Browns beat reporter from ESPN 850 WKNR, Tony Grossi: “I’m told the sale of
#Browns would involve at least 90% of franchise. Jimmy Haslam might have other partners, but Lerner won’t be one.”
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