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Flying away

February 11, 2013 - Mike McLain
Browns owner James Haslam created a minor stir when it was revealed this week that he will return to his role as CEO of Pilot Flying J.

Haslam resigned the post late last year to concentrate on his duties with the Browns. He and his wife purchased a home in the Bratenahl suburb of Cleveland, and it was assumed that he would spend most of his time in the area.

The move means that Browns president and CEO Joe Banner will be overseeing day-to-day operations. He will have decision-making powers in everything that is the Browns.

It seems that Haslam made the move after learning there was no need for his fulltime presence in Berea. It also indicates that he's confident the organization is in good hands in all areas.

Haslam is an on-the-go type of man that rarely rests. He's finding out what former team president Mike Holmgren discovered -- there's a lot of down time once all the positions have been filled.

The move won't be initially accepted well by the fan base. Former owner Randy Lerner angered fans because of a divided interest between the Browns and his Aston Villa team in the English Premier Soccer League. He was alwayss considered aloof by fans.

Haslam will undoubtedly maintain a hands-on approach with the Browns. It's just that he'll often do it from his Flying J office in Knoxville, Tenn.


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