By Alex S.
For die-hard Cleveland Browns fans, the name of Art Modell still garners bristling anger for his actions in 1995. On November 6, 1995 Modell, then owner of the Browns, announced in a press conference he would be moving the team to Baltimore, Maryland. This sent shock waves through the Cleveland community and Browns fans went ballistic.
In response to the fateful move, the legislature for the state of Ohio drafted and passed a law to restrict professional sports franchises from moving states. Ohio Revised statute 9.67 Restrictions on owner of professional sports team that uses a tax-supported facility or the Modell law became effective on June 20, 1996:
“No owner of a professional sports team that uses a tax-supported facility for most of its home games and receives financial assistance from the state or a political subdivision thereof shall cease playing most of its home games at the facility and begin playing most of its home games elsewhere unless the owner either:
(A) Enters into an agreement with the political subdivision permitting the team to play most of its home games...