Former Browns, Ravens Owner Modell Dies at 87
Former Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell has passed away at the age of 87.
He was an owner for more than four decades and did much to help shape the NFL as we know it. He was instrumental in negotiations with the television networks for big contracts, and was chairman of the negotiating team for the first collective bargaining agreement with the players.
He also served as the President of the NFL from 1967-69 and was the driving force in bringing the NFL to ABC for Monday Night Football.
But he became an outcast in Ohio after moving the Cleveland franchise to Baltimore in 1996. That move is seen as the primary reason Modell is still not in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Modell won his only NFL championship in 1964. He had sold his majority interest in the Ravens by the time they won their Super Bowl in 2001.