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(ESPN)   Randy Lerner sells the Cleveland Browns to Tennessee businessman Jimmy Haslam for over one billion dollars, far exceeding the expected asking price of $350, some Michael Stanley Band tickets and three packs of Chewlies Gum   (espn.go.com) divider line 89
    More: Interesting, Randy Lerner, Browns, Bill Haslam, Michael Stanley Band, Tenn, controlling interests, businessmen, Roger Goodell  
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2012-08-02 01:07:32 PM
Best. Morning News. Ever.

Unfortunately, it looks like we're going to have to chase the Dolans and their henchmen out of Cleveland with torches and pitchforks.
 
2012-08-02 01:12:44 PM
My Governor's family owns the Cleveland Browns. Or, the Browns are now owned by Pilot gas stations.
 
2012-08-02 02:13:36 PM
imageshack.us
 
2012-08-02 02:14:12 PM
Paging CavalierEternal, please pick up the white courtesy pho-... oh damn, you got here fast.
 
2012-08-02 02:16:37 PM
Well, that list Forbes published a couple of weeks ago wasn't terribly far off.
 
2012-08-02 02:17:33 PM
Sadness is expensive, apparently.
 
2012-08-02 02:18:43 PM
I just hope the sale doesn't mean a hike in ticket prices. I've almost got the $350 saved up for season tickets.
 
2012-08-02 02:19:16 PM
Money that will promptly go to propping up Aston Villa.
 
2012-08-02 02:19:38 PM

Captain Steroid: [imageshack.us image 310x207]


In the councils of professional football, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the sadness-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
 
2012-08-02 02:21:29 PM

UNC_Samurai: Captain Steroid: [imageshack.us image 310x207]

In the councils of professional football, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the sadness-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.


Eisenhower's farewell address to Congress?

Nice.
 
2012-08-02 02:23:24 PM
 
2012-08-02 02:23:34 PM
www.hwdyk.com

So they did have enough money left
 
2012-08-02 02:24:35 PM
You're a Chewlies gum representative??

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2012-08-02 02:24:59 PM
 
2012-08-02 02:25:50 PM

Captain Steroid: [imageshack.us image 310x207]


Jimmy will round up all the Pilot/Flying J lot lizards and transport them to Cleveland Stadium for pre-game tailgating festivities.

Win. Win.
 
2012-08-02 02:26:37 PM
 
2012-08-02 02:29:15 PM
He is a HUGE booster for the Tennessee Volunteers and played there when he was young. He is a football man through and through, so this could be good for the Browns.
 
2012-08-02 02:31:27 PM
 
2012-08-02 02:35:17 PM

CavalierEternal: Best. Morning News. Ever.

Unfortunately, it looks like we're going to have to chase the Dolans and their henchmen out of Cleveland with torches and pitchforks.


As a fan of the Premiership, I'm wondering if Lerner's going to put some of that money towards making Aston Villa respectable again.
 
2012-08-02 02:38:18 PM

CavalierEternal: Unfortunately, it looks like we're going to have to chase the Dolans and their henchmen out of Cleveland with torches and pitchforks.



memeimages.com
Shudup r I get Goby 2 kil u!!
 
2012-08-02 02:40:58 PM

Nabb1: He is a HUGE booster for the Tennessee Volunteers and played there when he was young. He is a football man through and through, so this could be good for the Browns.


Very true. He played on General Neyland's 1951 National Championship team (with my uncle). The Vols' practice field is "Haslam Field." He also paid for a huge chunk of my alma mater, the Webb School. He is an incredible philanthropist in East TN. He will spend the $ to get the Browns what they need.
 
2012-08-02 02:42:25 PM

CavalierEternal: Hung Like A Tic-Tac: oblig

Same guy, also obligatory


CavalierEternal: Oh, and since we're talking about Mike Polk videos, here's his great Pittsburgh Steelers rant.


I hadn't seen those. I laughed. Very good.
 
2012-08-02 02:43:06 PM

CavalierEternal: Oh, and since we're talking about Mike Polk videos, here's his great Pittsburgh Steelers rant.


This one is my favorite. Especially that part about Cleveland-Area Pittsburgh fans. Also, one of my favorite lines ever:

"So as usual I will be defying logic tonight and rooting for the Cleveland Browns... because I am an idiot. And if my team can't have success, I want your team to have failure."
 
2012-08-02 02:44:45 PM
Wow. Do the Browns own thier own stadium? Last I heard the Cowboys and Skins were considered the NFL's most valuable franchises precisely because they do own theirs and the pricetags I've seen thrown around for either team is right around $1 billion/ So this is the kind of sale that resets the market it seems
 
2012-08-02 02:45:05 PM
Who the fark still uses a payphone?

It could be worse, at least they're not Detroit.
 
2012-08-02 02:47:12 PM

Magorn: Wow. Do the Browns own thier own stadium? Last I heard the Cowboys and Skins were considered the NFL's most valuable franchises precisely because they do own theirs and the pricetags I've seen thrown around for either team is right around $1 billion/ So this is the kind of sale that resets the market it seems


The City Of Cleveland owns the stadium, no naming endorsements needed.
 
2012-08-02 02:49:02 PM
And now, introducing...your new...Los Angeles Browns!!!!
I keed, I keed. But you have until 2014 to knock the Steelers and Ravens down a peg or two. Ready...GO!
 
2012-08-02 02:49:22 PM
Eh good for the browns... Could be your year. As a bengals fan I'm getting ready for the disappointing season that follows a playoff year..

/we'll still beat the brownies
 
2012-08-02 02:51:52 PM

CavalierEternal: I just hope the sale doesn't mean a hike in ticket prices. I've almost got the $350 saved up for season tickets.


I'm debating getting two of the ultra-cheap seats (in the corners). 190 bucks for season tickets with no PSL. Mind you, I'm thinking that I'll wait until after the preseason and try to get them for 152 bucks for the full regular season. Hopefully they won't sell out.
 
2012-08-02 02:51:58 PM
Tommy Tong only offered a carton of smokes and a quart of pork fried rice.
 
2012-08-02 02:55:03 PM

Nana's Vibrator: And now, introducing...your new...Los Angeles Browns!!!!
I keed, I keed. But you have until 2014 to knock the Steelers and Ravens down a peg or two. Ready...GO!


The Steelers have an aged defense, no premiere running back, a star wideout who they can't afford to get to training camp and a QB with a torn rotator cuff. I think they may have knocked themselves down a peg already.
 
2012-08-02 02:55:26 PM

Nana's Vibrator: And now, introducing...your new...Los Angeles Browns!!!!


Hear, hear.
 
2012-08-02 02:58:01 PM
I was a browns fan until they fired the Mangini and hired that loser Holmgren. Hopefully he will be out on his but soon and we can start having something to look forward to again.
 
2012-08-02 03:02:08 PM

Magorn: Wow. Do the Browns own thier own stadium? Last I heard the Cowboys and Skins were considered the NFL's most valuable franchises precisely because they do own theirs and the pricetags I've seen thrown around for either team is right around $1 billion/ So this is the kind of sale that resets the market it seems


To answer your question- the answer is no.

The City of Cleveland does. The Browns simply pay 'rent' to use the facility...which is so ridiculously cheap they're better off playing there for free.

This is also why the naming rights to the Stadium have not, and will not be sold...
 
2012-08-02 03:02:38 PM

Tango_down: Eh good for the browns... Could be your year. As a bengals fan I'm getting ready for the disappointing season that follows a playoff year..

/we'll still beat the brownies


In a normal year, we split the season series with the Bengals regardless of how great or sh*tty either team happens to be that given year (last year was not a normal year). This season is going to be interesting. We're going to be significant underdogs in at least 12 of our 16 games, but nobody knows how well the team will perform since most of our key positions are filled with rookies or 2nd year players.

Word out of camp so far is that Josh Gordon, the receiver we got in the supplemental draft, is an absolute freak of nature, Brandon Weeden can actually complete a pass longer than 8 yards and Trent Richardson is Trent Richardson, so there's hope.
 
2012-08-02 03:03:08 PM
Los Angeles Rams. London Jaguars. Toronto Bills. St Louis NewNames.

Cleveland will keep the Browns records and name, but be teamless.

The 2020s will be an interesting decade for the NFL
 
2012-08-02 03:04:14 PM

kukukupo: I was a browns fan until they fired the Mangini and hired that loser Holmgren. Hopefully he will be out on his but soon and we can start having something to look forward to again.


Once the sale is complete, Holmgren is almost guaranteed to be replaced by Haslam's guy, Joe Banner, who was the Eagles team president from, I believe, 2000-2011.
 
2012-08-02 03:07:26 PM

Rhypskallion: Los Angeles Rams. London Jaguars. Toronto Bills. St Louis NewNames.

Cleveland will keep the Browns records and name, but be teamless.

The 2020s will be an interesting decade for the NFL


Except for the part where the team's lease with the city doesn't expire until 2029 and, well, God help the man who tries to take this team away from these fans again.

Remember the scene in "The Dark Knight" where The Joker gets the entire city of Gotham to hunt down and try to kill the one news anchor? It'd be like that, but with more cursing and Polish sausage.

Also, we wouldn't fail.
 
2012-08-02 03:09:49 PM
So wait, Tennessee's going to have two pro teams now? Cooooool.
 
2012-08-02 03:13:00 PM

CavalierEternal: kukukupo: I was a browns fan until they fired the Mangini and hired that loser Holmgren. Hopefully he will be out on his but soon and we can start having something to look forward to again.

Once the sale is complete, Holmgren is almost guaranteed to be replaced by Haslam's guy, Joe Banner, who was the Eagles team president from, I believe, 2000-2011.


That doesn't inspire much confidence :(
 
2012-08-02 03:13:03 PM
My only question is does this affect Trent Richardson's fantasy value
 
2012-08-02 03:13:55 PM
Two winning seasons since the return. One playoff appearance. Zero playoff ins. And we still sell the place out and buy the merch.

Yep, a sure sign of 0/10 trolling is mentioning the Browns moving again.
 
2012-08-02 03:14:34 PM
So where are they moving too this time? :)
 
2012-08-02 03:20:57 PM

kukukupo: CavalierEternal: kukukupo: I was a browns fan until they fired the Mangini and hired that loser Holmgren. Hopefully he will be out on his but soon and we can start having something to look forward to again.

Once the sale is complete, Holmgren is almost guaranteed to be replaced by Haslam's guy, Joe Banner, who was the Eagles team president from, I believe, 2000-2011.

That doesn't inspire much confidence :(


He was president of the Eagles from 2001-2012. In that time, the Eagles made the playoffs 8 times, won 1 NFC Championship and 6 division titles. I would kill for that kind of success.
 
2012-08-02 03:22:26 PM
I'm okay with this.
 
2012-08-02 03:26:25 PM

CavalierEternal: kukukupo: I was a browns fan until they fired the Mangini and hired that loser Holmgren. Hopefully he will be out on his but soon and we can start having something to look forward to again.

Once the sale is complete, Holmgren is almost guaranteed to be replaced by Haslam's guy, Joe Banner, who was the Eagles team president from, I believe, 2000-2011.


...and the cycle of losing will begin anew.

After that, Shurmur and co. will be shown the door for some big-name coordinator who's the next Paul Brown. Then, Branden Weeden will be the suckiest QB that ever sucked, and we'll try a stopgap QB (My guess is Tavaris Jackson) before we draft another 1st Rounder...but before we do, a 3rd Rounder gets really hot and we get excited that he might lead us somewhere...until he gets leveled with a concussion and is soon discarded as the suckiest QB that ever sucked, so we can make way for said 1st Rounder. He'll be heralded as the next Bernie, and the next season looks promising...and then the year after we go back to 4-12, Banner's out of a job, the next coach is shown the door for some big-name coordinator who's the next Paul Brown and that, 1st Rounder is the suckiest QB that ever sucked.

...and the cycle of losing will begin anew.
 
2012-08-02 03:28:38 PM

CavalierEternal: kukukupo: CavalierEternal: kukukupo: I was a browns fan until they fired the Mangini and hired that loser Holmgren. Hopefully he will be out on his but soon and we can start having something to look forward to again.

Once the sale is complete, Holmgren is almost guaranteed to be replaced by Haslam's guy, Joe Banner, who was the Eagles team president from, I believe, 2000-2011.

That doesn't inspire much confidence :(

He was president of the Eagles from 2001-2012. In that time, the Eagles made the playoffs 8 times, won 1 NFC Championship and 6 division titles. I would kill for that kind of success.


...I believe we were touting the credentials of one Phil Savage in the same manner about a decade ago.
 
2012-08-02 03:31:32 PM

IlGreven: CavalierEternal: kukukupo: CavalierEternal: kukukupo: I was a browns fan until they fired the Mangini and hired that loser Holmgren. Hopefully he will be out on his but soon and we can start having something to look forward to again.

Once the sale is complete, Holmgren is almost guaranteed to be replaced by Haslam's guy, Joe Banner, who was the Eagles team president from, I believe, 2000-2011.

That doesn't inspire much confidence :(

He was president of the Eagles from 2001-2012. In that time, the Eagles made the playoffs 8 times, won 1 NFC Championship and 6 division titles. I would kill for that kind of success.

...I believe we were touting the credentials of one Phil Savage in the same manner about a decade ago.



Look, the team is probably going to fail, the front office will probably get flipped again and I've learned that getting all pissed off about it just makes me more bitter and depressed than I already am from years of Browns/Indians/Cavaliers fandom, so I just try and be an Optimistic Opie for the time being and save my rage for the collapse.
 
2012-08-02 03:34:02 PM

CavalierEternal: IlGreven: CavalierEternal: kukukupo: CavalierEternal: kukukupo: I was a browns fan until they fired the Mangini and hired that loser Holmgren. Hopefully he will be out on his but soon and we can start having something to look forward to again.

Once the sale is complete, Holmgren is almost guaranteed to be replaced by Haslam's guy, Joe Banner, who was the Eagles team president from, I believe, 2000-2011.

That doesn't inspire much confidence :(

He was president of the Eagles from 2001-2012. In that time, the Eagles made the playoffs 8 times, won 1 NFC Championship and 6 division titles. I would kill for that kind of success.

...I believe we were touting the credentials of one Phil Savage in the same manner about a decade ago.


Look, the team is probably going to fail, the front office will probably get flipped again and I've learned that getting all pissed off about it just makes me more bitter and depressed than I already am from years of Browns/Indians/Cavaliers fandom, so I just try and be an Optimistic Opie for the time being and save my rage for the collapse.


...I think having a steady emotional state is healthier than the adrenaline of hope followed by the adrenaline of pure rage. Too much adrenaline is bad for you, y'know.
 
2012-08-02 03:38:32 PM
Congratulations to Browns fans. I know that Al Lerner did his best, but his son turned out to be a real bum and truthfully, I want the Browns to be good. As a Steelers fan, I really missed that rivalry, and feeling sorry for Cleveland isn't the same as hating Cleveland. It would be nice to be able to have that feeling again, where I can watch a Browns game and despise them with the fire of a thousand suns rather than just chalking it up as an easy win.

Here's to the future. With any luck you'll only have to endure another two or three 4-12 seasons before it turns around.

Also, I can't wait to see what Mike Polk has to say about this. The guy is funny. Who wouldn't be if they were from Cleveland, though? There's just so much to make fun of.
 
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