Yep. They could have got a new stadium from the city but Modell was a greedy old man. I sat through games when the Browns were the cardiac kids and not many people there...They had some good teams but they were just not good enough.. You should have heard my son rip into me when he asked me if I was to become a NFL fan what team would I choose...I chose the Steelers because they are loyal to their fans, their players, their coaches and most importantly..their city! I thought he was gonna cry! The new stadium is more for a wine and cheese crowd... Dog Pound??? more like Dog Park...
Cleveland should have been better off without Modell, a NY advertizing prick, but something went all pear shaped along the way. Don't know what since it isn't my team and I don't care. Cleveland was going through some tough times on various fronts.
My recollection is that Modell promised NOT to move the browns, but moved them anyway. Also, didn't he fire both Paul Brown AND Bill Belichick? Belichick had them moving in the right direction, then Modell makes a mid-season announcement that the team is leaving town. What a dumbass.
Anyway, you can feel sorry for doubly cursed Baltimore: First the Colts pack up their tent and slink away to Indianapolis in the dead of night -- then Baltimore gets Art Modell and what's left of the browns. Eventually he was forced to sell. That's what should have happened when he was still in Cleveland. Tagliabue is a wienie.
Whille I blame Tagliabue for everything that makes me not care and not want to watch NFL, owners like Modell and Robert Irsay are also to blame.
I have lot to say about a league I don't watch any more ,huh? I used to be the typical fan. Now I don't give a damn.