In addition to trotting out new quarterback Jake Delhomme Wednesday, the Browns had one more reason to celebrate their good fortune on St. Patrick's Day when they named Jim Ross senior vice president-business development.
Ross, who has been in the sports industry for more than 25 years, joined the club following a three-year stint in a similar role with Major League Baseball's New York Yankees.
With the Browns, Ross will oversee all of the club’s sales and marketing, as well as revenue-generating program initiatives, including brand advertising, tickets, suite operations and media sales and sponsorship groups among other areas.
"We are excited to add someone with Jim’s experience and reputation to our front office,” Browns president Mike Holmgren said in a team release. “Jim is one of the most respected marketing executives in professional sports, and has a lengthy track record of success with several different sports teams and venues."
With the Yankees, Ross had an integral role in the opening of new Yankee Stadium in 2009. Prior to joining the Yankees’ front office, Ross spent the previous seven seasons (2000-06) as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Miami Dolphins, as well as the team’s stadium, now called Sun Life Stadium.
Ross first went to South Florida in 1996 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Florida Marlins, a position in which he served for four years. Following his tenure with Marlins and before going to the Dolphins, Ross had a brief stint in 2000 as President of AFL Properties, the marketing arm of the Arena Football League.
"I am ecstatic for this opportunity with the Cleveland Browns as well as re-joining the NFL," Ross said. "I view the Browns as a storied franchise and I am honored to be a part of that tradition."