CHICAGO -- Following a whirlwind day where he was approved as the new owner of the Browns, Jimmy Haslam sat down for his only one-on-one interview with a Cleveland television station with Channel 3's Jim Donovan.
Haslam says becoming the owner of an NFL franchise is the realization of a long-held family dream.
NFL owners approved Haslam unanimously (32-0) in a vote during a meeting in Chicago. Haslam received a thunderous ovation from his fellow-owners upon completion of the vote.
Haslam reached terms with Randy Lerner on a $1 billion deal to acquire the Browns back in August.
Almost immediately following the vote came word of the first change for the organization. Browns President Mike Holmgren will retire at season's end. Haslam confirmed the details at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. He described his dealings with Holmgren as very amicable.
Former Eagles president, Joe Banner, will be the team's new CEO. Banner will be introduced to the media in Berea on Wednesday.
Haslam has told Head Coach Pat Shurmur and his coaching staff that there will be no additional changes until the end of the season (if at all).
Haslam says he expects the transition of power to be seamless.
Haslam says he will spend a great deal of time in Cleveland. The family just purchased a home in Bratenahl.
He says he is excited to own such a storied franchise and to be part of the football-rich history of Northeast Ohio.
Haslam says he and his team will work hard to make the Browns a winning franchise, because he says the loyal fans here deserve it.
In taking over the team, Haslam thanked the Lerner family and called the ownership of the Browns a privilege.
The Radio Voice of the Browns, WKYC's Jim Donovan talked exclusively with Jimmy Haslam in Chicago in this extended web interview.