Arthur Bertram “Art” Modell was an American businessman, entrepreneur and National Football League team owner. He owned the Cleveland Browns franchise for 35 years and established the Baltimore Ravens franchise, which he owned for nine years. Assuming control of the Browns franchise in 1961, Modell was a key figure in helping promote the NFL and was initially popular in Cleveland for his active role in the community and his efforts to improve the team. However, he made controversial actions during his ownership, which included the firing of Paul Brown, the franchise’s first coach and namesake. In 1995, Modell faced widespread scorn in Cleveland when he attempted to relocate the Browns to Baltimore. While the Browns’ namesake was ultimately able to remain in Cleveland, Modell retained the contracts of all Browns personnel and moved the franchise to Baltimore, forming the Ravens in 1996 as a nominal expansion team.
|Born:||Arthur Bertram Modell, June 23, 1925, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
|Died:||September 6, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.|
|Occupation:||NFL franchise owner, Cleveland Browns (1961–1995), Baltimore Ravens (1996–2004), Businessman|
|Children:||2 (adopted from Breslin’s previous marriage)|
|IMDb:||Art Modell’s IMDb|
About Art Modell
Longtime NFL executive who was the owner of the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens from 1961 to 2004.
He studied at television school in New York after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He witnessed the Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl XXXV before selling the team in 2004.
He had two adopted sons, John and David, with longtime wife Patricia Breslin.
His life was honored by Joe Flacco and the entire Baltimore Ravens team during the 2012 NFL season.
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