Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner is exploring the possibility of bringing in an investor. In a statement released Friday morning, Lerner revealed that he has been in negotiations with petroleum magnate Jimmy Haslam about a stake in the Browns. Just one problem, Haslam is a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a very public fan of that team.
From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
A Friday piece from Forbes has more on Haslam's background.
Awkward indeed, especially since the Browns and Steelers play each other twice a year in the AFC North.
Lerner kept details of the talks with Haslam confidential. As a result, it is not clear whether he is buying a stake in the Browns franchise or the whole enchilada.