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Jimmy Haslam III unanimously approved as Browns owner, Mike Holmgren out

Jimmy Haslam III is officially the new owner of the Cleveland Browns after being unanimously approved at the NFL's owners meeting in Chicago.

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Holmgren says his farewell to Cleveland

With the sale of the Browns approved and news of Joe Banner's hiring, outgoing President Mike Holmgren sat down with the Cleveland press for what is likely the final time.


Banner on board; Heckert, Shurmur headed out?

The Browns have a new owner and a new CEO, putting the job status of Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur in doubt. Ryan Alton addresses what all the changes might mean for the organization's top football men.


Browns owner Haslam takes out full-page ad

If first impressions mean anything, it looks like Cleveland Browns fans should be embracing the future.

New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam took out a full-page ad in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron-Beacon Journal, telling Cleveland fans that he is excited for the future of Cleveland Browns football -- and grateful for the fans' support of the Browns.

Haslam's Browns picked up their first win of the 2012 season in Week 6, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-24. Though a 1-5 start is hardly encouraging, Browns fans can take solace in the fact that there is a new ownership in place, in conjunction with a new, young offense, featuring running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Browns fans can check out the full-page ad here.

Any apprehensions Browns fans may have had about Haslam being a life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan likely can be put to rest, as Haslam appears to be legitimately excited about the opportunity ahead of him as owner of the Browns.


Banner introduced in Berea

New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam formally introduced new CEO Joe Banner in Berea on Wednesday.


New Browns owner calls team 'very special place'

New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III addressed the media Tuesday afternoon in Chicago. Haslam was officially approved as the new Browns owner in a 32-0 vote Tuesday morning.

Haslam said during the press conference that the Browns are " truly one of the great iconic NFL brands. If you think back to Paul Brown, and then of course, arguably the greatest NFL player of all time, Jim Brown, it's a very special place."

Haslam said later in the conference that when the Browns won their first game of 2012 last Sunday, "as we left the stadium an hour or so after the game, there were still thousands of people around. And if I didn't know any better, I would have thought we won the AFC Championship instead of winning our first game in 11 months."

Haslam brings along former Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner, who will take over the CEO role in Cleveland immediately. Current Browns president Mike Holmgren will retire at the end of the season.

Randy Lerner, who is selling the team, will keep a 30 percent share in the franchise for the next four years. Haslam, a former CEO of the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain, will be divesting his 12 percent share in the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Holmgren out, Banner in as Haslam takes ownership

With Jimmy Haslam now officially the owner of the Browns, reports are out that Mike Holmgren will be ceding control to Joe Banner immediately.


Haslam approved!

NFL owners have voted unanimously, 32-0, to approve Jimmy Haslam as the new owner of the Cleveland Browns, according to Ryan Van Bibber. He only needed 24 votes, and there was little doubt that the deal would be approved. Haslam originally agreed to buy the team on Aug. 2 for roughly $1 billion.

Many NFL owners knew Haslam prior to the sale, and he seems to be universally respected. Said Steelers owner Art Rooney, "He'll be a great owner, but I wish he wasn't buying a team in our division."

Patriots owner Bob Kraft is also an admirer of Haslam:

"I had a chance to speak to him right before he bought it and I told him it was one of the league's great franchises," said Kraft. "He reminded me a little of myself coming in because he's so passionate and enthusiastic. I know how badly he wants that team to win, and that will become his principal focus."

Haslam has been the de facto owner of the Browns since news of the deal surfaced in August, but the mid-October meetings were needed to make it official. It comes as welcome news in Cleveland.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation.


Holmgren, Banner not expected to be at NFL meeting

Team president Mike Holmgren and incoming executive Joe Banner are not expected to be at the NFL Owners Meetings this week, where Jimmy Haslam will take over ownership of the Cleveland Browns.


Banner could be introduced by Browns this month

Former Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner could be officially named as an employee of the Cleveland Browns as soon as Oct. 15 or Oct. 16 during the NFL meetings in Chicago, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

Long said to be a target of new owner Jimmy Haslam, Banner is expected to be named the CEO of the Browns. Haslam has not commented on such a move, and current president Mike Holmgren has not been informed of any such changes in the front office.

The hiring of Banner would likely mean the end of Holmgren's tenure with Cleveland. Holmgren was hired in 2010 by former owner Randy Lerner, and the team has struggled to produce under the current president.

The Browns have won nine games since the hiring of Holmgren, and they are 0-4 this season.

While Banner's position title is not confirmed, he is expected to directly report to Haslam, La Canfora reports.

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