March 21, 1961: Modell bought the Browns for just under $4 million.
Aug. 18, 1962: Modell proposed and staged pro football's first preseason doubleheader at Cleveland Stadium. The Browns played the Steelers in one game and the Lions faced the Cowboys in the other. The preseason doubleheader concept lasted 11 years.
1962: With a television background, Modell was appointed chairman of the league's TV committee. He negotiated TV contracts for 31 years.
Jan. 9, 1963: Modell fired coach Paul Brown (163-53-8 with seven championships) and replaced him with assistant coach Blanton Collier.