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Dan Gilbert connects with new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam

There's a lot of similarities between the 2012 Cleveland Browns and the 2005 Cleveland Cavaliers, starting with new, passionate owners in Jimmy Haslam and Dan Gilbert.

Eric P. Mull-US PRESSWIRE

The Cleveland Browns are under new ownership in Tennessee billionaire Jimmy Haslam, who bought the team from the Lerner family for a huge $1.05 billion. Fans are excited about the nature of Haslam and the fact that he's showing an actual desire to win, as evidenced by, you know, the billion-plus dollars he just spent on the team. And if fans try hard enough, they can find parallels between the Browns and the 2005 Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dan Gilbert took over the Cavs in 2005 and did his best to put the team in position to win behind star LeBron James. It worked for a little while, until James took his talents to South Beach, but Gilbert's immediate dedication to trying to put a winning product on the court is exactly what fans are hoping to see from Haslam.

Gilbert himself is of the opinion that Haslam will work out great for the Browns. As noted by CBS Cleveland, Gilbert recently spoke to Haslam for about 45 minutes on the phone, telling him what he can expect in Cleveland and generally welcoming him to the city and its fans. The piece points out some of the things said by Gilbert and also draws multiple comparisons between this year's Browns team and the 2005 Cavs.

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