Jun 12, 2014; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III looks on during minicamp at Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Factory Lines: Jimmy Haslam, Michael Brantley, Aaron Craft & More

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Cleveland is now known as the sports city that doesn’t sleep. This trend continued Monday when it was reported that Pilot Flying J would not be prosecuted by the federal government after agreeing to pay $92 million in restitution after fraud charges were brought upon the company in 2013.

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is CEO of the company, and his status has been in doubt as the FBI conducted its criminal investigation.

Haslam isn’t out of the woods yet, but it’s certainly looking good for the Browns billionaire owner.

Nashville criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor David Raybin told the Associated Press agreement likely means Haslam won’t face charges.

“No prosecutor would enter into an agreement like this, ask for this kind of sanction, unless they didn’t have enough evidence to indict Haslam,” he said. “Also, Pilot would not agree to pay unless they felt the government would not prosecute him.”

• Speaking of the Browns, does last year matter for the 2014 Cleveland Browns?

• Today is the MLB All-Star game. Once the most popular exhibition, the Mid-Summer Classic is now a huge downward trend among television viewers.

• The Indians will be represented in the All-Star game by Michael Brantley, and MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon wrote a pretty cool story.

• Ohio State’s Aaaron Craft is showing is basketball savvy with the Golden State Warriors’ summer-league team.


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