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Haslam Gets Rooneys' Backing In Purchasing Browns; Seen As "Owner In Waiting"
Published July 31, 2012
FUTBOL OVER FOOTBALL? In Columbus, Michael Arace wrote Lerner "has always been willing to open his wallet (for good or ill), he is making sure the Browns remain in Cleveland after he severs ties and, although he has moved to New York, he will reportedly keep a 30 percent stake in the team.” The perception “has been that Lerner is more interested in his English Premier League soccer club, Aston Villa, and one is hard-pressed to dispel such a notion.” Arace: “This is a chance for smart men to give the Browns direction while also maintaining some continuity." Browns fans "ought to welcome the change” (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 7/30). In Cleveland, Joel Hammond wrote, “Whatever the reason, Lerner must be in a hurry to get out. Why else throw things into such chaos when the team finally is approaching the stability it's long sought?" For that reason, "while Browns fans may be excited by Haslam's tenure, the new uncertainty surrounding the franchise is cause for concern.” All signs point to Lerner “being desperate to wrap up this process quickly” (CRAINSCLEVELAND.com, 7/30).