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Modell's Family Asks Browns To Forgo Recognizing Late Former Owner
Published September 10, 2012
A FRESH START: The PLAIN DEALER's Cabot in a separate piece wrote yesterday's game marked the “beginning of the Jimmy Haslam era, and it promises to be a golden age in Cleveland Browns football.” Haslam, the team’s prospective Owner expected to be formally approved by the NFL in the coming weeks, “comes to town with a Jerry Jones swagger and a presidential smile and firm handshake.” Haslam “brings money, drive, energy and a passion to restore the Browns’ luster.” He will "have the same profound impact on the city" that Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert has, and he will be "instrumental in developing the lakefront around the stadium." Cabot: "I think he'll be one of the best things to happen to Cleveland in a long, long time and that he'll transform the Browns into a consistent winner” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 9/9). PRO FOOTBALL TALK’s Mike Florio cited a source as saying former Eagles President Joe Banner has “agreed to terms with the Browns.” Florio wrote, “Nothing will become official until Haslam is approved by the NFL as the new owner of the team. And Haslam may want to wait to unveil Banner until team president Mike Holmgren’s status is resolved” (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 9/9).