Arthur Modell was definitely not a saint, but he was a principled man. Truth be told, Art never wanted to leave Cleveland, but financial hardship, much of his own doing, put him at risk of losing control of his beloved football franchise. The move to Baltimore was strictly business, and while we thank him it had absolutely nothing to do with the value presented by our great city.
Baltimore did not want to acquire an NFL football team this way. A decade had passed but the hurt of those Mayflower vans taking our Colts away was still fresh for fans of my generation. We would not wish that on any city, and in retrospect we should not blame Indianapolis.
Unfortunately, the city of Baltimore had no other choice but to go after the Browns.
After Baltimore's more than generous offer to build a new stadium and fanatically support a new franchise like it did the Colts, it became evident the city would never get a new team playing fairly with the NFL. We can thank former Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke and Commissioner Paul Tagliabue for locking out the Baltimore territory for the "Deadskins."