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Haslam Appears At NFL Owners Meeting To Apologize For Pilot Flying J Investigation
Published May 23, 2013
A BANNER YEAR: Browns CEO Joe Banner said of working with Haslam, “He gives me a degree of independence and trust, but at the same time I talk to him every day and he asks all the right questions. He's here regularly and makes us better through his insights and smarts. … He's got an infectious optimism about him, so it's a perfect situation from my perspective.” Banner added of how the federal investigation affects team business, “There's no impact other than as we've grown to know him and his family, and we care about him. It's just hard to see him go through it. But as far as the operation of the team? No impact." CBSSPORTS.com’s Clark Judge wrote Banner is “unfazed” by the team’s current situation. Banner insisted that things “can ... and will ... change ‘pretty quickly.’" Banner said of uniform changes for the Browns, "We promise that the helmet won't change. We promise the new look will respect the history. We're going to do a lot of focus groups. We're not going to put something out there that we haven't done a lot of research on. It's not going to be anything radical, I can guarantee that. But it will be new, forward looking and energetic. It will reflect what we want the franchise to be" (CBSSPORTS.com, 5/22).