ICYMI, Haslam’s Team Lost the Superbowl

James “Jimmy” Haslam III, brother of Gov. Bill Haslam, owns a minority interest in the Pittsburg Steelers. He told Dave Link how it came about (prior to Sunday’s Superbowl game, won by the Green Bay Packers) and how the Steelers are kinda like Pilot Corp.
An excerpt:
“It was all luck,” Haslam said. “About 10 years ago, we were meeting with some investment bankers in Knoxville concerning some Pilot business and there was a guy there who didn’t say much at the end of the table, and I asked him what he did, and he said his specialty was pro sports. I said, ‘We love sports, and if anything comes up, call me.’ ”
That banker was Randy Campbell, who works for Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., in New York.
Haslam got a callback from Campbell in 2008.
“He called and said, ‘Do you remember me?’ ” Haslam said. “Actually, I did not. We ended up talking and he told us about the Steelers opportunity. I went up and had lunch with Art and Dan Rooney (the Steelers’ owners) and one thing led to another and that’s how it transpired.”
During the lunch, Haslam saw a similarity between the Steelers and Pilot, which was founded by Haslam’s father, Jim Haslam II.
Art Rooney Sr. founded the Steelers in 1933. His son, Dan, guided the team through its highly successful run in the 1970s. In recent years, Dan’s son, Art Rooney II, has been the primary decision maker for the team.
“When I went up there and talked to the Steelers, I came back and told Dad, ‘They’re just like us. They have a family business, and the family members run it,’ ” Jimmy Haslam said. “There’s an obvious parallel there.”

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