September 6, 2012 |
Art Modell, who died on Thursday, will be best remembered (angrily by many) as the man who moved the NFL's Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, where they became the Ravens. But Modell, who owned the Browns and Ravens for more than four decades, also played a key role in making the National Football League a television powerhouse. Prior to buying the Browns in 1961, Modell had worked in television. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle tapped Modell to oversee the league's broadcast committee, which basically made him the point person in negotiations with the TV networks.
December 25, 2003 |
They say you can't go home again, and Art Modell hasn't bothered trying. In the seven years since he moved Cleveland's beloved Browns to Baltimore, Modell has gone back to his hometown only to testify in court. There, he's seen as a carpetbagging scoundrel unworthy of the Hall of Fame despite his enormous role in shaping the NFL as we know it.
January 15, 2001 |
Patricia Modell pleaded with her husband, Art. "You can't leave me now," she said. "Don't you go." Not after 32 years of marriage, after decades of frustration over the team they own, the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens, after all the vilification they had suffered for changing cities five years ago, after the agony of five consecutive games this season without a touchdown on offense.
October 5, 1997 |
Wearing nothing but a black caftan, Marra Racz glides onto a low table surrounded by a room full of people--men, mostly, all in their 20s. "How do you want to start this?" she asks, the room taut with expectation. With long poses, she is told, then make them shorter and shorter until the hour is up. Racz brings out a digital egg timer and sets it for four minutes, takes a breath and hikes her caftan to mid-thigh. The room comes alive.
February 23, 1996 |
Seattle Seahawk owner Ken Behring, a day after meeting with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, said Tagliabue told him he does not want the team to move to Los Angeles because of the agreement Behring and other owners signed a year ago deeding the city's football future to the league. "Under antitrust, that agreement is illegal," Behring said. "But we don't want to pursue that legally. We're not here to fight and try and get another lawsuit. We want to work something out.
November 7, 1995 |
Led by a police escort, the black Cadillac arrived to applause and "We love you, man" signs Monday--an obvious contrast to the Mayflower vans that carried away the Colts in the dead of night 11 years ago--and delivered Art Modell and a signed lease for his Cleveland Browns to play here for the next 30 years.