For a few days last week, Art Modell was again the most hated man in American sports. Even death couldn't soften the hearts he broke when he stole the Browns and eloped to Baltimore.
Cleveland never forgave and Cleveland never forgot.
Every story needs a villain -- even a story as dull as "Complexities and Inevitabilities in the Decline of the Post-Industrial American Northeast" -- and Art Modell wrote the first line of his own obituary when he cuckolded one crumbling American city with another. Whatever good Mr. Modell did as an innovator in the NFL, or as a promoter of professional football, or as a force for peace and charity in his own communities, will appear in the lower half of the second paragraph. He will be remembered mostly for his interconference infidelity.
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