After news of Jimmy Haslam returning to his role as CEO of Pilot Flying J broke last month, he vowed to remain heavily involved as owner of the Browns and insisted nothing would change on that front.
“You can assure everybody we’re going to be extremely involved,” Haslam said Feb. 12 during a phone interview with the Beacon Journal. “One, we have a huge investment. And two, I think more importantly, we want to win and we want to bring a winner to Northeastern Ohio and Cleveland. We believe that’s very doable.”
Haslam, whose purchase of the Browns was unanimously approved by owners Oct. 16, will get a chance to remind his NFL brethren he’s committed to being hands on when he attends the annual league meeting next week in Phoenix.
Several prominent members of the new regime will join Haslam, a member of the league’s business ventures committee. The following are among the Browns’ contingent planning to make the trip: CEO Joe Banner; coach Rob Chudzinski; General Manager Mike Lombardi; President Alec Scheiner; Sashi Brown, executive vice president of general counsel; Bryan Wiedmeier, executive VP of business operations; and David Jenkins, senior VP of finance and administration.
The league will hold a panel and reception for attendees Sunday night, but the meeting officially begins Monday morning. It’s expected to conclude Wednesday afternoon.
During the meeting, Haslam and his fellow owners will vote on six rule changes and three bylaw changes proposed by the league’s competition committee. Rules and bylaws need a vote from at least 24 owners (75 percent) to pass.
Here is a breakdown of the proposed rule changes:
Here is a breakdown of the proposed bylaw changes:
In addition to the proposals, the competition committee will review the following points of emphasis:
The distribution of compensatory draft picks is among the other items on the meeting’s agenda. The picks will likely be announced Monday.