JOCKEYING FOR POSITION FOR BROWNS OWNERSHIP IN CLEVELAND
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).