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Roger Goodell: Browns Sale Will Be Finalized 'No Later Than October'

The deal to sell the Cleveland Browns to Jimmy Haslam seemed to come together at a breakneck speed, and it looks as if commissioner Roger Goodell and the league will try to keep up that pace. From Fox Sports Ohio:

Speaking at a youth football event in Akron on Saturday morning, Goodell said the involved parties have been "working on it" and that the sale of the Browns from Randy Lerner to Haslam will be finalized and approved "hopefully in a matter of weeks."

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"It will be no later than October unless something unusual happens."

Haslam was previously a minority owner with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the league's pre-existing relationship with him could be a factor in speeding up the process. There's a good chance the sale will be completed by the time the Browns kick off their regular season at home against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9.

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