Innovative and driven, Modell was instrumental in the expansion of the NFL both geographically and socially, as he represented NFL owners in negotiations that would eventually lead to televised Sunday (and later, Monday) football as we know it today. It was a deal that generated the league upwards of $8.4 billion and gave fans televised access to multiple games weekly.
"Art Modell was one of the greatest owners in the history of the NFL,'' Mara said. "He contributed in so many ways to the success of this League and he deserves a place in Canton. More importantly, he was a decent man and a great friend to my family. We will miss him dearly."
Although Modell will be most famous remembered for temporarily "retiring" the Cleveland Browns and birthing the Baltimore Ravens, the NFL as we know it would not have been possible without his influence.
Giants 101 would like to extend their condolences to both the family and friends of Mr. Modell.
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