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JOCKEYING FOR POSITION FOR BROWNS OWNERSHIP IN CLEVELAND
Published September 30, 1997
With no decision from the NFL due until March, "the brewing battle" over who will be the new Browns owner "could be Cleveland's most exciting football contest this season," according to David Adams of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. Potential owners include former Browns QB Bernie Kosar, MBNA Corp. CEO Alfred Lerner, former Browns Minority Owner Robert Gries, commercial property developer Bart Wolstein and Indians Owner Richard Jacobs. Adams wrote that, among other criteria, the NFL "would like to see a likable and outgoing owner who could help heal the scars left from [Art] Modell's bitter departure." Adams added "there is a chance" that the NFL might try to broker a deal that would form "supergroups" that combine "popular, but not-so-rich" potential owners like Kosar or Jim Brown with others "whose wealth is far greater" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 9/28).