Sun archives: Art Modell

Browns fan charged with urinating on Modell's grave, identified by police

7:33 PM EDT, August 5, 2014

Browns fan charged with urinating on Modell's grave, identified by police

A Cleveland Browns fan who uploaded a video of himself apparently urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell's grave last month has been charged with disorderly conduct in a cemetery, Baltimore County police said.

Plenty of flaws in Modell's Hall of Fame case

2:24 PM EST, January 25, 2013

Plenty of flaws in Modell's Hall of Fame case

Art Modell has again arrived, this time posthumously, at the doorstep of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He rose to fame and fortune as the owner of the Cleveland Browns, later relocated for no good reason except Modell's poor business sense, to Baltimore and renamed the Ravens.

Art Modell might face easier road to Hall of Fame if contributors separated from players in voting

5:54 PM EDT, May 21, 2013

Art Modell might face easier road to Hall of Fame if contributors separated from players in voting

Late Ravens owner Art Modell might face an easier path to the Pro Football Hall of Fame if the museum follows through on tentative discussions of putting "contributors" in a different voting pool than players.

Art Modell remembered for doing 'so much for the game and community'

6:06 PM EDT, September 11, 2012

Art Modell remembered for doing 'so much for the game and community'

On a cool, clear day made for football, Art Modell was laid to rest. Just 12 hours after the Ravens won their opener, 44-13 over the Cincinnati Bengals, more than 400 people — including quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Ray Rice and linebacker Ray Lewis — gathered at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation to pay homage to Modell, the team's former owner, who died at 87 on Sept. 6.

Cleveland still can't forgive Modell

7:23 PM EDT, September 8, 2012

Cleveland still can't forgive Modell

Matt Wood cannot understand it when Baltimore fans shrug off Cleveland's bitterness toward the late Art Modell.

At Art Modell memorial, Ravens fans pay last respects

6:00 PM EDT, September 8, 2012

At Art Modell memorial, Ravens fans pay last respects

Thousands came to pay their last respects Saturday to the man who brought pro football back to Baltimore, nodding solemnly at the coffin on the 50-yard line of a stadium that might not be there if it weren't for Art Modell.

7:16 PM EDT, September 7, 2012

Modell's death does not bring forgiveness in Cleveland

Matt Wood cannot understand it when Baltimore fans shrug off Cleveland's bitterness toward the late Art Modell.

Modell's death intensifies calls for his Hall of Fame induction

6:04 PM EDT, September 6, 2012

Modell's death intensifies calls for his Hall of Fame induction

The death of former Ravens owner Art Modell has unleashed a flood of warm memories in Baltimore, but Modell is a more complicated figure for many people, who struggle to forgive him for moving his franchise from Cleveland.

Modell's final moments included visits from Ravens veterans, Harbaugh

5:50 PM EDT, September 6, 2012

Modell's final moments included visits from Ravens veterans, Harbaugh

Some of Ray Lewis' best memories with Art Modell came after the former Ravens' owner would pull him in close, and whisper in his ear. Sometimes, it was just to offer Lewis a piece of advice, wish him luck or ask about his family. Other times, Modell, known for his sharp sense of humor and quick wit, simply had a joke that he wanted to share.

November 29, 2009

Art Modell in running for Hall of Fame

For the sixth time in seven years, former Ravens majority owner Art Modell is among the 25 semifinalists for the Hall of Fame.

December 10, 2007

Peter Schmuck: Modell's Hall snub has analogy in baseball's O'Malley

Though it didn't garner giant headlines in Baltimore, the news last week that the late Walter O'Malley will be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in July couldn't help but make me wonder anew when they'll get around to enshrining Art Modell in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

December 3, 2006

Keeping ties to team suits Modell just fine

Art Modell doesn't make road trips anymore. He no longer endures marathon work weeks, either. As for major decisions around the Ravens, let's just say it's a choice between baked chicken and prime rib at the team's cafeteria.

October 24, 2007

Giving Modell thanks

When Jonathan Ogden was drafted by the Ravens with the organization's first pick in 1996, the former UCLA offensive tackle said the first thing he was struck by was the team owner's habit of mingling with players to get to know them.

November 26, 2005

Mike Preston: Modell has waited long enough to get into Hall

Maybe this year the Pro Football Hall of Fame committee will invoke a statute of limitation on the Ravens' move from Cleveland to Baltimore after the 1995 season and vote former majority owner Art Modell in as a member.

March 30, 2004

Modell tribute tops NFL meetings agenda

PALM BEACH, Fla. - The start of this year's owners meetings was a mixture of smiles, tears and goodbyes for Art Modell.

January 6, 2004

Modell: I'll never forget farewell

Art Modell's final game as an NFL owner was a mixture of cheers and tears.

December 29, 2003

Ceremony for Modell postponed for week

Art Modell's induction into the Ravens' Ring of Honor, scheduled for halftime of last night's Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game at M&T Bank Stadium, was postponed because the team owner was battling a respiratory infection and did not attend the game.

December 27, 2003

Modell is a master at NFL name game

In 43 years as an NFL owner, Art Modell has dealt with nearly every important, semi-important or self-important league figure. The Sun asked him to play word association with some of the NFL's historic names.

December 28, 2003

Modell doesn't look back

Don't expect Art Modell to look back over the past 43 years and get misty-eyed.

July 20, 2003

In final season, Modell leaves a lasting legacy

Decades before the tortuous franchise move and the triumph of a Super Bowl, Ravens owner Art Modell's emotional ties with football became rooted in Roy Lumpkin.

March 21, 2003

Bisciotti plans to buy out Modell

Before leaving for next week's NFL owners meetings, Steve Bisciotti said he is prepared to take the biggest handoff in Ravens history.

January 9, 2003

Mike Preston: Pro Football Hall fumbles in shunning of Modell

THE ABSENCE OF Ravens owner Art Modell's name from the list of 15 finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003 was expected. There is still too much passion and, in some cases, disdain when his name is mentioned.

December 27, 2003

Mike Preston: Modell stands first in league for heart, generosity, spirit

OUR FIRST MEETING didn't go well. On Feb. 9, 1996, only minutes after he announced that his Cleveland Browns were moving to Baltimore, Art Modell was whisked away by bodyguards to a limousine about 100 feet from the stage.

July 20, 2002

Passing torch, Modell won't burn bridge

When Art Modell last endured this amount of off-season turmoil, he was branded a villain.

April 16, 2002

Ravens' Modell has mild heart attack

Ravens owner Art Modell is recovering in a Rancho Mirage, Calif., hospital after suffering a mild heart attack Friday morning.

July 23, 2001

Finally at the top, Modell likes the view

This year's path to training camp may be uncharted territory for Art Modell, but the resilient Ravens owner is certainly enjoying the ride.

December 6, 2000

Modell ready to own up to 40-year tenure

Art Modell would prefer a grand exit to a glorified entrance.

December 20, 1999

Modell agrees to sell Ravens

Art Modell's 38-year run at the top of American sports has apparently entered its final years, as the Ravens team owner has agreed to relinquish his franchise to a new investor as soon as 2004.

January 31, 2002

Mike Preston: Lifelong service to pro football should land Modell spot in Hall

NEW ORLEANS -- If Ravens owner Art Modell is not selected for Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, it would be an affront to the man, the game and the NFL.

February 2, 2001

Lesson Modell learned reaps Super reward

UNTIL SUNDAY, the words Art Modell and the Vince Lombardi Trophy had not exactly fit together like pieces in the perfect joint. The trophy goes to the Super Bowl winner. Mr. Modell's team, neither the original Cleveland Browns nor its Baltimore Ravens incarnation, had been to a Super Bowl, much less won one.

June 8, 2001

President salutes Ravens' season

WASHINGTON - While NFL teams are looking ahead to a new season, President Bush gave the Baltimore Ravens another chance yesterday to savor this year's Super Bowl triumph, offering them a presidential pat on the back at the White House.

April 5, 2001

Modell, Browns fans reach deal on lawsuit

Ravens majority owner Art Modell has agreed to a $3 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by Cleveland Browns fans angry about the team's 1995 move to Baltimore, lawyers in the case said yesterday.

January 29, 2001

For long-patient Modell, overflowing emotions

TAMPA, Fla. - On the night that Art Modell's Super Bowl dream finally came true, he had to admit that he had once entertained serious doubts that this Ravens team could win the NFL championship.

March 28, 2000

Owners make it unanimous for Bisciotti

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Anne Arundel County businessman Stephen Bisciotti bought himself an early birthday present yesterday.

November 6, 1996

Unforgettable is what it's been

It's been a tough 12 months for Art Modell.

December 9, 1998

With Modell's endorsement, Lerner awarded Browns

CHICAGO -- Ravens owner Art Modell let bygones be bygones and helped his former friend and business partner, Al Lerner, win the bidding war for the Cleveland Browns to become the 31st NFL owner last night.

February 10, 1996


Airport reception hails NFL conquering hero

It was a celebration 12 years in the making.

November 7, 1995

Change of cities turns villain Modell into hero

Art Modell left Cleveland yesterday being called a thief in the night.

February 9, 1996

Deal clears NFL path to Baltimore

CHICAGO -- The National Football League last night reached a tentative accord with the city of Cleveland that will bring a renamed Browns franchise to Baltimore this year and a replacement team to Cleveland by 1999.

December 17, 1995

Inside the Browns deal

As the Gulfstream jet lifted off the runway on its secret mission, Cleveland Stadium came briefly into view.

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