So who is this guy most of Northeast Ohio never heard of until this morning when Randy Lerner identified him as potentially the new owner of the Cleveland Browns?
His name is Jimmy Haslam III, and he comes from one of the most prominent families in Tennessee. His brother, Bill, is governor of Tennessee.
Jimmy Haslam, 57, is the president and CEO of Pilot Flying J, the largest chain of truck-stop travel centers in the country. Last year, his company produced $17.8 billion in revenues. The Haslam clan is worth $3 billion, according to Forbes Magazine. Pilot Flying J is the 11th-largest privately owned company in the United States.
Haslam, who lives in Knoxville, Tenn., took ownership of Pilot Flying J in 2001 from his father Jim, who founded the company in 1958.
Haslam has been a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2008. In 2010 he said, "I am 1,000 percent a Steelers fan." He would have to sell that interest before the NFL owners could approve his purchase of the Browns.
Haslam's ownership in the Steelers is between 5 and 8 percent, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Browns don't play the Steelers until Nov. 25 at Cleveland Browns Stadium.