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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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16.

Jim in Cali    

Steelers only team that voted against Modell's move to Baltimore. Rooney's understood how important football was to Cleveland. Modell only cared about money that's why he took his team to Baltimore. He could care less about the fans.

775 days ago
17.

Sinibaldi    

Poesía.

Poesía
inquieta,
caliente
mañana que
viene en
silencio como
un ave cansado
en el llanto
del sol....

Francesco Sinibaldi

775 days ago
18.

PaleRider    

thanks Art.

You made nfl fans around the world smile when you moved the team and that biggest piece of crap fan in the history of the NFL - Big Dawg was on every TV channel crying like a baby.

Art you will never be as big as a piece of crap as he was.

775 days ago
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775 days ago
20.

Greg    

I'm sure Cleveland fans are celebrating like I did when Georgia Frontiere finally kicked the bucket.

775 days ago
21.

Kymmie    

Art Modell took the Browns from Cleveland. In doing so, he single-handedly broke the hearts of most everyone from Northeastern Ohio. I am sorry for his family's loss, but he was a greedy, self-centered little man!

775 days ago
22.

Mulholland Drive    

And with that, the curse is finally broken!!!! The Browns will be victorious this season and become Super Bowl Champions!!!!

775 days ago
23.

Nostradamus    

Aw man, right before the season kicks off.

775 days ago
24.

cdevall    

good riddance s***bag

772 days ago
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