KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A new Travel Channel series to show what it takes to mount a professional football team's massive schedule and logistics will debut Tuesday night. It will feature one of Knoxville's most prominent citizens in the center of it all .
Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns, will open up about what it entails to move the team from city to city in the pilot episode of the new Travel Channel series, "NFL Road Tested: The Cleveland Browns," premiering 10 p.m. Tuesday.
"In this first-of-its-kind series, the NFL provides unprecedented access to Travel Channel to unveil never-before-seen footage of what it takes to run and travel an entire professional football team from city to city, game to game, during the regular season," according to the Travel Channel, part of the Knoxville-based Scripps Interactive networks.
"Every road trip requires a massive amount of coordination to haul the 150-person squad 20,000 miles a season. From feeding six-tons of men, to clothing and housing them, to how a stadium prepares and deals with more than 70,000 rabid fans, Travel Channel's cameras are there to capture this massive undertaking.
Viewers will see how the Cleveland Browns live and prepare each week through the eyes of the players, staff and team management, including Haslam.
They can expect to learn more about the history behind deeply-rooted team rivalries and other notable insights not typically covered in normal game coverage," the channel stated in a news release.
Episodes will focus around the weeks leading up to games played against the New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers.
In October, Haslam bought the team for $1 billion. Jim Haslam, his father, founded the Pilot Flying J company in 1958 as the Pilot Oil Corporation.
Haslam lives in his native Knoxville, and is brother to Gov. Bill Haslam. While attending the University of Tennessee, Haslam was roommate with now-U.S. Senator Bob Corker. He was also a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.