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Art Modell

Ex-Baltimore Ravens

Owner Dies at 87

9/6/2012 6:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL legend Art Modell -- who owned the Cleveland Browns, which became the Baltimore Ravens -- died this morning ... this according to a rep for the Ravens.

Modell -- who was 87-years-old -- had been admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland on Wednesday ... but it's unclear why.

Modell was a key figure in negotiating the NFL's huge contracts with the TV networks over the years ... and played a major role in the creation and success of Monday Night Football.

Modell owned the Browns from 1961 to 1995 ... and then moved the organization to Baltimore, where they became the Ravens ... and helped put together the Super Bowl team of 2000.

He sold the team in 2004, but still retained a 1% ownership and kept an office at Ravens headquarters.

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1.

grumpiestoldman    

Quoth the raven, Nevermore. Nevermore will he breath.

590 days ago
2.

haskel420    

R.I.P. Go Giants and Go Yankees

590 days ago
3.

PJ    

He must have saw the Giants/Cowboys game last night. That was enough to kill any man

590 days ago
4.

Dicky Dew    

Cleveland fans everywhere spit on your grave, traitor

590 days ago
5.

Buckeyes for Cleveland    

He is now burning in hell where he should have been along time ago.

590 days ago
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CCCP    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHyn1nbpwPg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHyn1nbpwPg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHyn1nbpwPg

590 days ago
7.

Dennis Johnson    

The world is a better place with out this money hoggggggggggg!Burn in hell you POS!

590 days ago
8.

marymac    

Modell was a greedy POS, good riddance. Among other things he got away with selling season tickets for seats behind concrete pillars in Cleveland.

590 days ago
9.

Nicholas Mueller    

I think they meant the Colts not the Browns

590 days ago
10.

scoopie    

You had a good sports store tho.

590 days ago
11.

MrCrowley73    

RIP Art!!Browns suck!!!GO RAVENS!!!!!!

590 days ago
12.

MikeNashville    

In answer to your question in the article, I have a pretty good idea why he was admitted to the hospital. The man was 87 years old. I know we've made great leaps in longevity, but at that age, you can be hospitalized for anything. To all the disgruntled Cleveland fans with the nasty comments, just about any NFL owner would've done that to you. Money and New stadiums talk, people! Welcome to Earth.

590 days ago
13.

waffles    

He is still the most hated man in Cleveland.

590 days ago
14.

chaz714    

R.I.P. Art. even if you took our Browns I respected you and your Family and you did a lot of good for our City

590 days ago
15.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

87 not bad. I guess that is compensation for the Browns becoming the Ravens. Fail.

590 days ago
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