NEW ORLEANS -- Art Modell isn't a Hall of Famer, and it has nothing to do with what he did to Cleveland in 1996. He's not a Hall of Famer because he wasn't all that good at being an NFL owner. It's as simple as that. Or at least, it should be.
The city of Cleveland doesn't like him, and Cleveland has that right, but it just confuses the issue. No doubt it will make some Clevelanders happy to believe Modell wasn't elected Saturday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as payback for what he did to Cleveland -- when he moved the Browns to Baltimore -- but that's not it. I hope not, anyway.
Moving the Browns to Baltimore was a crushing blow Modell delivered to Cleveland, but it was business. Businessmen are allowed to move their companies. It hurts, I hear you, but it's not a crime. Not a sin. Not anything that should keep a man worthy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.