The Cleveland Browns announced that team president Alec Scheiner is resigning from his position at the end of the month.
Cleveland Browns president Alec Scheiner will leave his current position at the end of the month, but will continue to serve as a team consultant through the end of the calendar year.
Scheiner joined the Browns as team president in January 2013. During his three years with the team he was an integral part of the renovations of FirstEnergy Stadium and the team’s practice facility in Berea. He also overhauled the fan experience on game day, was involved in the updated uniforms that debuted in 2015, and helped change the team’s digital, audio and broadcast media.
“I have had an incredible experience with the Browns,” Scheiner said in a statement released by the team. “Cleveland is amazing and the fans are uniquely passionate. I want to thank Dee and Jimmy Haslam for the opportunity to do what I truly love: rebuilding an organization with a group of people who have shown unparalleled hard work, commitment to their team and city. I look forward to helping the Browns over the next several months as I determine my next challenge.”
Scheiner also was a proponent of the Browns increasing the use of analytics, which put him at odds with former general manager Ray Farmer and former head coach Mike Pettine. Scheiner raised eyebrows when it was revealed last year that he would sit in with Pettine and Farmer to watch game film, leading to the idea that Scheiner was overstepping his bounds by becoming too involved in the football side of operations. He is also believed to be one of the driving forces behind the team’s desire to move training camp to Columbus.
While Scheiner got his wish when the Browns restructured the front office with chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta and executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown, he will not be around to see if the move pays off.
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Team owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam did not offer a reason for Scheiner’s departure in the club’s official news release.
“We greatly appreciate Alec’s commitment and work as president of the Cleveland Browns,” the Haslams said in a team statement. “Alec is extremely capable and has helped us establish some very positive inroads with a significant focus on our fan experience, FirstEnergy Stadium and our business partners. He was integral to the rebuild of our organization, the renovations of our stadium and training facility, and many of our strategies on the football side of our business.
“His guidance has helped us accelerate our learning curve as NFL owners and that is something we will always appreciate. Alec is ready for the next challenge in his career, as our new structure would limit the opportunity for his leadership. He is one of the most talented executives in the industry, and we are fully confident that Alec will be successful in whatever permanent role he takes next. We wish him and his family only the best.”
The Browns do not plan to immediately fill Scheiner’s vacated position.