Banner Wants Next Stop To Be With New NFL Ownership At Struggling TeamPublished June 8, 2012
THE NAME GAME: Philadelphia-based WIP-AM reporter Howard Eskin yesterday tweeted, "Hear Ex Pres Joe Banner interested in putting group together to buy Buff Bills. Also hear Cleveland Browns and St Louis may b 4 sale" (TWITTER.com, 6/7). Shortly after his tweet, Eskin appeared on WKRK-FM in Cleveland "to expound on his report." He said, "It's my understanding that the Bills are (Banner's) first priority ... if in fact he can get that money together and do all of those things. Cleveland and St. Louis were secondary in the information that I got." However, Browns VP/Media Relations Neal Gulkis Thursday said, "The Cleveland Browns are not for sale" (CLEVELAND.com, 6/7). ESPN.com's Schefter & Paolantonio noted that when asked if that could include the possible franchise in L.A., Banner said he would be "open to L.A. I don't want to single them out, but that's something I think I can do -- set up a franchise, help build a stadium, hire a coach, hire good people to build a winning organization" (ESPN.com, 6/7).
ONWARD AND UPWARD: CBSSPORTS.com's Clark Judge wrote Banner's departure "is all about one thing: Joe Banner's ambition." He made that "clear Thursday when he said he needed 'something more intense and competitive and challenging' to tackle than what he's doing now." Banner "didn't say as much, but it sounds as if he got bored with his job, referring to it as 'more passive now,' and that can happen when you spend 18 years in the same place" (CBSSPORTS.com, 6/7).
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