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Ohio politicians say Modell nixed stadium offer



Published: Fri, September 14, 2012 @ 12:50 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two former Cleveland politicians say ex-Browns owner Art Modell turned down the city’s offer to build a new stadium before he took his team to Baltimore.

Former Cleveland City Council President George Forbes tells The Plain Dealer that Modell was offered a new stadium when a taxpayer-supported ballpark was being built for the Indians and an arena was being developed for the NBA’s Cavaliers.

Forbes and former county commissioner Tim Hagan both say Modell rejected the idea.

Modell’s longtime spokesman tells The Plain Dealer that public leaders only said they would take care of him later.

Modell, who died last week, remains vilified by many Cleveland fans for moving his team to Baltimore after the 1995 season. He said he left because the city wouldn’t build a stadium.


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1walter_sobchak(1856 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

If a Hagan told me the sun came up I would still go and check! And, George Forbes is real credible. They speak up after Modell and Jacobs are both dead.

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2steven134(7 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

My sentiments exactly. George Forbes claims a new stadium was offered and Modell left anyway. Why didn't he mention this 17 years ago instead of waiting until one week after the man dies. Art Modell was one of the most important and influential owners in the history of the NFL.. I'm also happy he was able to win a Super Bowl, even if it was shortly after relocating to Baltimore.

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