Reports: Deal to sell the Browns complete
BEREA (AP) - Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner has reached a deal to sell the team to Tennessee truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam III, according to multiple reports.
ESPN and the NFL Network said Thursday that an agreement on the sale had been reached. ESPN said the sale price was more than $1 billion.
For comparison, the Miami Dolphins sold at a value of more than $1 billion in 2009.
The Browns had no immediate announcement and the sale has not yet been presented to the NFL.
Lerner, whose family has owned the franchise since it returned to the NFL in 1999, first announced he was in negotiations to sell the club last week.
The late Al Lerner, Randy's father, purchased the inactive franchise from the NFL in 1998 for $530 million.
Cleveland has made the playoffs once since it rejoined the league, a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Haslam has been a minority investor in the Steelers since 2008, and is the president and CEO of Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America. He is the older brother of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.