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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

NFL, Cleveland Agree on Modell Move

CHICAGO -- The National Football League and the city of Cleveland have agreed on terms that will allow Art Modell to move the Browns to Baltimore.


The agreement was reached Thursday in talks involving two NFL committees containing 12 owners. League spokesman Joe Browne said all 12 had agreed, meaning 11 more votes were needed when the proposition was to go before all 30 teams on Friday.


Under the proposal, a new team would be in place in Cleveland by 1999, with the Browns immediately moving to Baltimore while leaving behind their name and colors.


The league also would provide about $48 million to Cleveland as a loan to help build a new stadium, said New York Giants co-owner Robert Tisch.


In another move, Ken Behring, owner of the Seattle Seahawks said last week he was moving his team to Los Angeles. No action will be taken on that move until the meetings next month in Palm Beach, Florida. But sources among the owners seem inclined not to support Behring's plan for the following reasons:


?The Seahawks' proposed move is perhaps the most blatant violation of a lease or user's permit in sports history.


Behring has agreed to stay in the Kingdome for 10 more years, with no buyout clause, with no escape except to claim that the building is falling down. Officials think that the lease violation is so serious, a judge will prevent the matter from ever reaching them.


?The Seahawks' proposed move is perhaps the most blatant violation of a league edict in NFL history. Less than a year ago, Behring agreed to a proposal, which he is now violating, that would allow the league to control the Los Angeles market.


?The Seahawks' owner may be the most disliked owner in the league.


?No other NFL team is within 1,000 kilometers of Seattle, and the league deals with TV and licensing contracts by regions as much as by cities.


"That is a very big part of the country that we would be cutting out," said Lamar Hunt, Kansas City Chief owner. "I don't see how we can afford to lose that." (