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SBD/August 5, 2013/Franchises
Browns' Event Draws Big Crowd As New Ownership Tries To Win Back Fans
Published August 5, 2013
FENG SHUI IN BEREA: THE MMQB's Peter King notes the Browns spent $5M to "re-do the second floor of their training facility -- and their organizational personality." King: "I’ve toured Twitter in San Francisco, and this floor reminds me of the Twitterverse: The Browns' coaching, front-office, ownership and PR and broadcasting departments are all up here, wide open so that people see other people working." When a big group sale or luxury suite sale is completed, "a bell is rung, and the sales team all claps." Banner said, "Twitter attracts the youngest and brightest people, which is what we want to do. But I don’t want to copy Twitter or Google. I just want to create an atmosphere where good people want to work, and good people want to stay and help build a winner. In my opinion, improving physical space is a great opportunity to help change the culture" (MMQB.SI.com, 8/5).
BACK-UP PLAN: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Daniel Kaplan cites sources as saying that Jimmy Haslam's father, Jim Haslam II, "would take over the club" if Jimmy is forced to step down due to the investigation into Pilot Flying J. The NFL and Jimmy Haslam "developed a contingency plan in the aftermath of the April 15 FBI raid" on the truck stop company's HQs. There are "no indications at the moment that Haslam is stepping down." Should Jim Haslam take over the team, it is "not believed the league would require an increase in his equity ownership." Jim Haslam would "not be viewed as a general partner in this case but practically akin to an executive whose owner has designated that person authority and voting rights" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/5 issue).