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Maybe the Browns should be ignored: While We’re Waiting

The Browns demand our attention, or do they?

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Browns

Jimmy Haslam’s voice on tapes during Pilot Flying J fraud trial

Jimmy Haslam’s voice was heard on secretly recorded tapes during the trial of former Pilot Flying J employees accused of fraud.

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Jimmy Haslam, Michael Brantley and the band Mansions: While We’re Waiting

It’s probably not a coincidence that Jimmy Haslam sold his family’s business just a few weeks prior to former employees going on trial for a fraud scheme.

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Headlines

Jerry Jones believes Jimmy Haslam is one of the best owners in the NFL

Jerry Jones likes Browns Jimmy Haslam so much he says he’s one of the top five best owners in the NFL. Seriously.

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Headlines

Pilot Flying J reaches $92 million deal with government

The good news in Cleveland sports continues into another week as Pilot Flying J has reached a deal with the government that includes an avoidance of criminal charges against the company. From the Knoxville News Sentinel out of Tennessee: Under the deal made public on Monday, Pilot must pay a $92 million penalty over two

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Browns

Jimmy Haslam sounds like the Browns owner we always wanted

  Maybe 2013 will go down in Browns history as a strange outlier. Maybe we’ll all laugh about it as the trial by fire (of a thousand suns?) that Jimmy Haslam needed in order to figure out how to run a football team and be the kind of team owner he always envisioned becoming. After

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Browns coaching search, Anthony Bennett and Super Bowl predictions with Dennis Manoloff – WFNY Podcast – 2014-01-29

It’s always great to catch up with Dennis Manoloff (follow D-Man on Twitter) and it has been too long since I have done so. D-Man talked to me about a variety of topics today from the Browns hiring Mike Pettine, philisophically how he treats the Pilot Flying J case as a Browns story, and Anthony

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Browns, Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2013

The Raid of Pilot Flying J – WFNY Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2013: No. 7

If you thought that 2012 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2013 proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, and apperances in postseasons and courtrooms. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last five

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Headlines

NFL News: Judge approves class action settlement for Jimmy Haslam’s Pilot Flying J

It’s going to be a while before Pilot Flying J leaves the news for the rebate scandal that was uncovered, but today it seems that they’ve taken one very massive step. On Monday morning a judge approved a class action settlement of $85 million from Pilot Flying J to a majority of the trucking companies

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Headlines

NFL Rumor: Jimmy Haslam II would be acting owner in Browns contingency plan

If Jimmy Haslam III’s ability to run the Browns came into question his father would take over the club according to a report in the Sports Business Journal. You might remember that there was a lot of confusion about who, exactly, was buying the Browns when news of the Haslam ownership first broke. Browns fans

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Headlines

Haslam’s Pilot Flying J company settles fraud lawsuits out of court

The Knoxville news today reported that Jimmy Haslam’s Pilot Flying J corporation has reached an agreement to settle fraudulent fuel rebate lawsuits out of court. The settlement, which was agreed to by federal judge James M. Moody in Arkansas involves the full repayment of all money owed to individual trucking companies plus six percent interest.

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Browns

Supporting Browns Ownership is a Tricky Proposition for Fans

Just 10 short days from now, the Cleveland Browns will officially open Training Camp 2013. It’s hard to believe how fast summer always flies by, but I consider Training Camp to be the beginning of the end of summer. And in just 3 weeks from yesterday, the Dolphins and Cowboys kick things off in the

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Headlines

NFL News: Federal Grand Jury Investigating Pilot Flying J

The hits keep coming for new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. Cleveland’s NewsChannel5 is reporting that a federal grand jury is hearing testimony from witnesses connected to the alleged rebate fraud. Spokesmen for both the US Attorney’s Office and Pilot Flying J declined to comment. For those us who are legally challenged, what does this mean,

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Browns

Trying to put Pilot Flying J’s $4 billion debt in perspective

There’s no denying that Jimmy Haslam’s Cleveland Browns ownership has gotten off to a less-than-ideal start for Browns fans since his family’s business was raided in April. The ensuing news stories about the lawsuits and guilty pleas of various employees has trickled out like a bad news Chinese water torture. The most recent of these

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Headlines

Senior Sales Exec: Flying J Management Knew of Scheme

Pilot Flying J sales executive Jay Stinnett, who pleaded guilty to his own role in the rebate scandal, told federal investigators that “senior management” knew of the rebate scheme. He also said that he knew it was dishonest to fraudulently reduce rebates for Pilot Flying J’s trucking customers. Stinnett, along with other Flying J employees,

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Headlines

NFL fears Pilot Flying J lawsuits could drain Jimmy Haslam, undermine Browns

Several team officials are reportedly saying they believe it may be extremely difficult for Jimmy Haslam III to keep his ownership of the Cleveland Browns. CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman reports that, because Haslam may be “ensnared by a myriad of lawsuits and legal actions,” Haslam could experience a significant drain to his finances, preventing him from keeping the team

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Headlines

Judge denies motion for restraining order in Pilot Flying J case

(Note: We’ll try to keep an eye on this without going overboard in non-Browns news angles, but when something significant does occur, we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop.) When a company that allegedly rips off customers engages in a P.R. battle with attorneys heading up a class action lawsuit, who comes out

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General

WFNY T-shirt giveaway and NFL Draft link roundup

It’s Draft Day in Cleveland. So we at WaitingForNextYear know there’s a lot going on out there. That’s why we’re back with one final draft post — as a T-shirt contest and to recap all the talk over the past week. Enjoy and thanks for being the best readers. WFNY Draft Day T-Shirt Contest: Only

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Podcast

Pilot Flying J affidavit and the impact on the Browns – WFNY Podcast – 2013-04-19

Please consider subscribing to the podcast on iTunes to ensure you never miss an episode. Scott and I talked about the affidavit that was released yesterday and talked a lot about just wanting to talk about football. I think the NFL would prefer to have the storyline be football too. We’ll see what steps they

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Headlines

Pilot Flying J engaged in fraud for many years, Haslam aware, according to report

The Plain Dealer’s John Caniglia is reporting that Jimmy Haslam’s Pilot Flying J travel centers has engaged in fraud for many years, according to an affidavit. “Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s travel center company for “many years” engaged in a fraud scheme to keep money owed to customers as gas rebates, according to documents filed

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