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November 27, 2012 | Associated Press
Mike Holmgren's run as Browns president is over, ending prematurely and before he planned. For weeks, he has hung around Cleveland's offices doing what he could to help new owner Jimmy Haslam. He talked with players, coaches, and consulted with his replacement, CEO Joe Banner, the former president of the Eagles now in charge of running the Browns. Less than three years after signing a five-year contract with former owner Randy Lerner to fix Cleveland's franchise, Holmgren's final day with the Browns will be Friday, and after that he and his wife, Kathy, will return to their home in Arizona, where the 64-year-old will contemplate his future.
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April 20, 2013 | Associated Press
CLEVELAND - Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pledged to continue running his family's business - and NFL team - amid a federal investigation into fraud within his company. Haslam said Friday he had no plans to step aside as president of Pilot Flying J despite federal authorities' alleging he was aware of a widespread scheme to defraud customers of the truck-stop chain. According to court documents, sales team members said Haslam was aware that employees withheld diesel price rebates and discounts from Pilot customers to boost the company's profits and sales commissions.
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July 28, 2012 | Associated Press
CLEVELAND - Browns owner Randy Lerner has begun talks with truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam on giving up controlling interest while committing to keep the team in Cleveland, the club president said Friday. And get this: Haslam is a self-described "1,000 percent" Pittsburgh Steelers fan. "[Lerner] is giving up controlling interest in the team," president Mike Holmgren said at the team's suburban Berea training camp. Holmgren said he and Lerner have discussed the matter throughout the summer.
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May 29, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
JIM BROWN has come back to the team he helped lead to its last NFL championship in 1964. Brown will return in an unspecified role with the Cleveland Browns, who will formally reunite with the Hall of Fame running back at a news conference today. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is expected to announce Brown's new position with the team he starred with from 1957-65 before retiring to pursue an acting career. "We're excited to have him back a part of us," Browns CEO Joe Banner said. "It's important to me because he's clearly in the top couple, if not the single most important part of the history of the franchise, and it's the right thing to do. " Brown previously worked as a senior adviser with the Browns.
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December 22, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Mike Holmgren has decided to see if he can fix the Cleveland Browns. The Super Bowl-winning coach accepted a job to become the club's president yesterday, joining a franchise needing a major makeover after a decade of losing. Browns owner Randy Lerner said the sides reached an agreement yesterday. Lerner said current president Mike Keenan will transition to the role of chief financial officer. "We will spend the rest of the week finalizing the details of the agreement and will make a formal announcement next week," Lerner said in a statement.
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August 3, 2012 | DAILY NEWS wire REPORTS
TENNESSEE businessman Jimmy Haslam III will visit the Cleveland Browns' headquarters Friday to oversee his next empire. On Thursday, according to the Akron Beacon, Haslam reached an agreement to buy the Browns from Randy Lerner. The deal must now be approved the NFL's finance committee and 75 percent of the league's owners. Former Eagles president Joe Banner will join the Browns' new ownership group, according to several reports. Haslam, 58, president and CEO of truck-stop chain Pilot Flying J, will hold his introductory news conference at 1 p.m. Friday at the Browns' training facility.
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December 19, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Mike Holmgren looked for houses during his recent trip to Cleveland, which may soon be his new NFL home. Terming a chance to assume control of the struggling but tradition-rich Browns as "very, very appealing," Holmgren said yesterday that he's weighing owner Randy Lerner's job offer and intends to give Cleveland a decision on his future, "sooner than later. " Holmgren, who spent 2 days meeting with Lerner earlier this week, said during his radio show on Seattle's KJR that he liked everything he learned about the Browns during a "fact-finding" visit.
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January 2, 2009 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Brett Favre apparently didn't win many friends among the New York Jets players after the former Green Bay quarterback joined the team this season. "There was a lot of resentment in the room about him," one Jets player told Newsday on Wednesday. The player requested anonymity because he did not want to jeopardize his own job with the Jets. Owner Woody Johnson has said Favre, 39, is welcome back next season if he wants to continue playing. Favre's late-season performance also was criticized by running back Thomas Jones in a radio interview Tuesday after the Jets' 1-4 finish left them out of the playoffs.
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December 1, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
After arriving three years ago with the promise of winning a Super Bowl, Butch Davis resigned yesterday as Cleveland's coach, leaving the last-place Browns with five games remaining in another sinking season. His departure came two days after the Browns (3-8) dropped their fifth consecutive game, a 58-48 loss to Cincinnati that followed a script similar to so many others in the Davis era: Cleveland was close but not good enough. Davis surprised the team by stepping down, having been promised last week by owner Randy Lerner that his job was safe for the remainder of the season.
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December 1, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Romeo Crennel's boss isn't planning to make him the next former Cleveland coach. Not now, and not anytime soon. Browns general manager Phil Savage strongly backed Crennel yesterday, saying it was unfair to blame him for all Cleveland's problems, temporarily snuffing speculation the struggling club was on the verge of a coaching change. "Romeo has the total support of [owner] Randy Lerner and myself," Savage said. "He has the respect of the team. They believe in him. Randy and I are 100 percent behind him. We're going to do everything in our power to help him rest the next five games, the upcoming offseason and next year.
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July 27, 2013 | Associated Press
BEREA, Ohio - The legal entanglement of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is not tying up his NFL franchise, the team's top executive says. Chief executive officer Joe Banner, who left the Eagles to go to Cleveland, said the federal investigation into fraud at Haslam's Pilot Flying J truck-stop business has not hindered the club's daily operations or impacted the owner's vision for turning the Browns into perennial winners. As for the possibility Haslam will sell his team, Banner does not envision that happening.
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May 29, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
JIM BROWN has come back to the team he helped lead to its last NFL championship in 1964. Brown will return in an unspecified role with the Cleveland Browns, who will formally reunite with the Hall of Fame running back at a news conference today. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is expected to announce Brown's new position with the team he starred with from 1957-65 before retiring to pursue an acting career. "We're excited to have him back a part of us," Browns CEO Joe Banner said. "It's important to me because he's clearly in the top couple, if not the single most important part of the history of the franchise, and it's the right thing to do. " Brown previously worked as a senior adviser with the Browns.
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April 20, 2013 | Associated Press
CLEVELAND - Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pledged to continue running his family's business - and NFL team - amid a federal investigation into fraud within his company. Haslam said Friday he had no plans to step aside as president of Pilot Flying J despite federal authorities' alleging he was aware of a widespread scheme to defraud customers of the truck-stop chain. According to court documents, sales team members said Haslam was aware that employees withheld diesel price rebates and discounts from Pilot customers to boost the company's profits and sales commissions.
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November 27, 2012 | Associated Press
Mike Holmgren's run as Browns president is over, ending prematurely and before he planned. For weeks, he has hung around Cleveland's offices doing what he could to help new owner Jimmy Haslam. He talked with players, coaches, and consulted with his replacement, CEO Joe Banner, the former president of the Eagles now in charge of running the Browns. Less than three years after signing a five-year contract with former owner Randy Lerner to fix Cleveland's franchise, Holmgren's final day with the Browns will be Friday, and after that he and his wife, Kathy, will return to their home in Arizona, where the 64-year-old will contemplate his future.
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October 24, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE COACHING itch never completely left Mike Holmgren, who will walk away from the Cleveland Browns feeling mostly dissatisfied and unfulfilled. His 3 years as an NFL executive didn't go as hoped. And for perhaps the first time in his football life, Holmgren came up short as a leader. "We did not win enough games," Holmgren said Tuesday at his farewell news conference. "I'm hoping the table is set for the future. " Holmgren won't be part of it. After being hired by Randy Lerner in December 2009 to fix a dysfunctional franchise, Holmgren won't complete his 5-year contract as team president of the Browns, who now belong to new owner Jimmy Haslam.
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October 19, 2012 | Associated Press
JOE BANNER didn't want to make any promises or predictions. It's not his nature. But just as he helped transform the Eagles into consistent winners, the new CEO of the Cleveland Browns has a plan to fix a franchise trapped inside a vortex of failure. He just hopes it doesn't take 5 years. "I'll be in a straitjacket if it takes that long," Banner joked at a news conference in which he was introduced by new owner Jimmy Haslam III, whose $1 billion purchase of the franchise was approved at the NFL's fall meetings on Tuesday.
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October 17, 2012 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer
CHICAGO - In June, at the news conference to formally announce that he would be stepping down as Eagles president, Joe Banner said he was looking for "one more really big challenge in my life. " Welcome to Cleveland, Joe. Shortly after the NFL owners unanimously approved the $1.05 billion sale of the Browns to Tennessee billionaire Jimmy Haslam III on Tuesday, Haslam confirmed that Banner would be joining the organization as its chief executive officer. Banner's name has been linked to the Browns since early July, when Haslam began negotiating to buy the team from previous owner Randy Lerner.
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October 17, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO - Mike Holmgren won't be finishing the job he went to do in Cleveland. New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III said Tuesday that Holmgren was out as team president, although the Super Bowl-winning coach will remain with the franchise to help in the transition. Haslam was introduced as the Browns' new boss after the 32 NFL owners unanimously approved his $1 billion purchase of the team from Randy Lerner. Moments later, Haslam announced that former Eagles president Joe Banner would become chief executive officer.
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August 3, 2012 | DAILY NEWS wire REPORTS
TENNESSEE businessman Jimmy Haslam III will visit the Cleveland Browns' headquarters Friday to oversee his next empire. On Thursday, according to the Akron Beacon, Haslam reached an agreement to buy the Browns from Randy Lerner. The deal must now be approved the NFL's finance committee and 75 percent of the league's owners. Former Eagles president Joe Banner will join the Browns' new ownership group, according to several reports. Haslam, 58, president and CEO of truck-stop chain Pilot Flying J, will hold his introductory news conference at 1 p.m. Friday at the Browns' training facility.
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July 28, 2012 | Associated Press
CLEVELAND - Browns owner Randy Lerner has begun talks with truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam on giving up controlling interest while committing to keep the team in Cleveland, the club president said Friday. And get this: Haslam is a self-described "1,000 percent" Pittsburgh Steelers fan. "[Lerner] is giving up controlling interest in the team," president Mike Holmgren said at the team's suburban Berea training camp. Holmgren said he and Lerner have discussed the matter throughout the summer.
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