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Reports: Art Modell Dead at 87

Former Ravens owner Art Modell brought the NFL back to Baltimore.

UPDATED (7:15 a.m.)—Baltimore media outlets are reporting former Ravens owner Art Modell has died.

FOX45 began reporting around 6 a.m. that Modell had died. On its website, FOX45 reported that Modell, 87, was being treated for heart failure.

Around 7 a.m., WBAL.com and The Sun reported Modell had died.

The Sun reported early Thursday morning that Modell had been hospitalized at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Modell sold the Ravens to Steve Bisciotti in two parts—49 percent ownership in 2000, and the remaining 51 percent in 2004.

He moved the Ravens to Baltimore before the start of the 1996 season. The Ravens won the Super Bowl in January 2001.

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Al Day September 07, 2012 at 06:49 PM
No, Paulette. No hate here. Your comments were very factual. And for me that is what I go by. I think the analogy I'd give his acceptance in Bmore is like a jilted lover who was then picked up by another suitor. Having something was better than having nothing. I would have like to see the colts forced to return when they left myself. Everytime I see those white and blue jerseys on televised games I cringe, even today. Those Cleveland fans were very loyal just like our fans were/are.
MikeC September 07, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Man! Wiki Mr. Modell and you'll see there isn't very much to celebrate about the man as a sports club owner and professional. As Paulette intimates above, while Mr. Modell owned both the Indians and Browns he developed a Romney-like way to line his pockets with loge revenues. He was found out and kicked out of the Indians org. In the 60's he traded away 4 four of 5 African-American Browns players striking because of racist practices by Mr. Modell. And there's more. Read it. Had he pulled a Rosenbloom/Irsay-like swap for the Browns there might be something left to respect of Mr. Modell's ownership career, but he didn't even bother trying that. Like others here said, Cleveland voters gave him what he wanted, but he and Gov. Glendenning were too sleazy for Cleveland and moved out a day before that happened. I don't celebrate anyone's death. I'm sure Mr. Modell had redeeming qualities, those qualities never existed as a sports team owner. Bye, Mr. Modell.
Evets September 08, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Another thing for Baltimore residents to think about: Mr. Modell moved his team here and pretty much left the management intact. That means that had he stayed in Cleveland, we might assume the Ozzie Smith and company would have made the same decisions they made after the move to Baltimore. They would have drafted Ray Lewis. They would have drafted Jonathon Ogden. They would have hired Brian Billick. They would have Matt Stover as the kicker. Etc., etc., and etc. Therefore, it is not much of a stretch to picture the 2000 Cleveland Browns as winners of Super Bowl XXXV. And you wonder why Cleveland fans feel the same way about Modell as Baltimore fans feel about Irsay? Imagine if the Colts had won a Super Bowl 5 years after moving to Indy! This is what Cleveland fans see. And yet, Baltimore residents see nothing similar about the 2 moves. Amazing.
Otto Schmidlap September 08, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Mr. Modell was a great old-school pro football man. Now the Ravens have a slickyboy for an owner.
MikeC September 08, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Actually, its MLB that enjoys Congress' special monopoly exception, although the Supreme Court has ruled in the NFL's favor a few times, in a suit brought against them by the AFL, that the NFL is a "natural monopoly." http://sportslaw.uslegal.com/antitrust-and-labor-law-issues-in-sports/

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