Former Browns Owner Art Modell Turns 85

Kevin Cowherd from the Baltimore Sun wrote…

Sometimes, you forget what a giant Modell was in the league’s early years.

Look at all he did. He headed the owners’ labor committee that negotiated the league’s first collective bargaining agreement with the players.

He played an instrumental role in the merger of the NFL and AFL by agreeing to move the Browns to the AFC. He helped broker the contract for ABC’s “Monday Night Football.” And he spearheaded the first TV deals between the league and the networks that made the NFL’s popularity skyrocket.

“There wasn’t anything innovative or new to the game that he wasn’t a part of,” said Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens’ general manager and executive vice president.

Said Modell: “Television was my game. And that was the game that made the league famous. … One thing ‘Monday Night Football’ did: More women were attracted to the game. I’m very proud of that.”

Please die ART  already and burn in hell next to Judas, that is where you belong burning in hell next to Judas.

I’ll never be able to erase the anger in Cleveland,” he said quietly. “And I owe that to the ? politicians who betrayed me.”

“So even though he was a league leader, with  his Browns winning  the NFL championship in 1964, even though his Ratbirds won the Super Bowl in 2000, even though he hired Newsome to be the first African-American general manager in the NFL, Modell is still being penalized by a few Hall of Fame voters for relocating the Browns to Baltimore.” Cowerd wrote

“It doesn’t seem fair, even though Modell remain above the fray,” Cowerd said.

It doesn’t seem fair? Cowerd come on the Browns are Cleveland and this man stole this from our city. Thank you Tony Grossi for not voting Modell into the Hall of Fame year after year.

Here are the facts, not the  lies that Modell is spewing.

He leased Cleveland Municipal Stadium to the city for one dollar per year and took on all  the expenses for all distribution and vending to free up tax dollars he took as income, all while not sharing these profits with the Indians, screwing  them for years.

He was the one who  turned down an invitation to join the Gateway project and get a city funded stadium, and then complained when his revenue took a hit.

Modell then wanted $175 million in additional  tax funds to update a rotting corpse of a stadium that was rotting because instead of renovations, he invested his crooked income in stupid things like luxury boxes and a huge scoreboard.

When the city decided to talk about  giving him this money, he issued a gag order on all topics relating to it while going behind closed doors with Baltimore officials.

The day after a sin tax was passed by a huge  margin to fund these renovations, Modell announces he’s moving the team to Baltimore.

I was recently at a Browns Backers event and was talking to some Browns fans who happen to be friends of mine, tbey are the older generation of Browns fans. When we were talking about the Dawg Pound they all where in agreement that it isn’t the same since Modell robbed us of our team. One of them even cried when it was brought up how it isn’t the same anymore. This is more then a football team to city this is a way of life. I will never forgive you Modell and can’t wait for the day you die and rot in hell. Go Browns!!!

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