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Are the Baltimore Ravens the old Cleveland Browns?

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Asked by: Robert Steward

The Ravens originated when Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell decided to relocate his historic franchise, and he reached a deal with the city of Baltimore to move his team in 1996.

What team did the Browns become?

The Browns and Ravens’ division was rebranded as the AFC North. Finally, to keep the conferences equal in size, the Seattle Seahawks (who had played their inaugural season in the National Football Conference) moved from the AFC West to the NFC West.

What were the Baltimore Ravens called before?

Initially, the team was to be known as the “Baltimore Browns.” The plan was for the “Baltimore Browns” to play at Memorial Stadium until a new stadium could be built.

Did the Browns used to be in Baltimore?

The Cleveland Browns relocation controversy was the decision by then Browns owner Art Modell to move the National Football League team from its longtime home of Cleveland, Ohio to Baltimore, Maryland for the 1996 NFL season.

Why did the Cleveland Browns move to Baltimore?

The Browns were then defeated 29-9 by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional Playoff game. In late 1995, Modell announced the move of the franchise to Baltimore. Browns owner Art Modell claimed financial hardships, but announced the move before Cleveland was able to propose an offer to keep the Browns.

What year did the Browns go to Baltimore?


In 1961, Arthur B. Modell purchased the Browns for a then-unheard-of price of $4 million. From the start, he was recognized as one of the NFL’s more progressive leaders. But Modell stunned the pro football world in 1995 when he announced that he would transfer his Cleveland franchise to Baltimore to begin play in 1996.

What are the 4 newest NFL teams?

NFL Teams by the Year They Were Established

  • 1976: The Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered the league.
  • 1995: The Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars became NFL teams.
  • 1997: The Baltimore Ravens joined the NFL.
  • 2002: The Houston Texans replaced the departed Houston Oilers as an expansion team.

What were the Cleveland Browns called before?

The name of the team was at first left up to Brown, who rejected calls for it to be christened the Browns. McBride then held a contest to name the team in May 1945; “Cleveland Panthers” was the most popular choice, but Brown rejected it because it was the name of an earlier failed football team.

Who were the original 8 teams in the NFL?

The league began play in 1920 and comprised five teams from Ohio (Akron Pros, Canton Bulldogs, Cleveland Tigers, Columbus Panhandlers, and Dayton Triangles), four teams from Illinois (Chicago Tigers, Decatur Staleys, Racine Cardinals [the Cardinals were based in Chicago but took the name of a local street], and Rock

How did the Cleveland Browns get their name?

CLEVELAND BROWNS – The Cleveland All-America Football Conference franchise conducted a fan contest in 1945 to name the team. The most popular submission was “Browns” in recognition of the team’s first coach and general manager Paul Brown, who was already a popular figure in Ohio sports.

Who are the original NFL teams?

The NFL was the first professional football league to successfully establish a nationwide presence, after several decades of failed attempts. Only two founding members, the Decatur Staleys (now the Chicago Bears) and the Chicago Cardinals (now the Arizona Cardinals), are still in the league.

What is the newest NFL team?

The Houston Texans

Did you know? The Houston Texans are the youngest franchise in the NFL, becoming the league’s 32nd franchise during the 2002 season.

Who is the oldest NFL franchise?

The Arizona Cardinals are the oldest team in the NFL and along with the Chicago Bears, is one of only two teams that were part of the inaugural NFL roster. While the franchise has been based out of Arizona since 1988, the Cardinals trace their history all the way back to 1898, decades before the NFL was founded.

What is the oldest NFL rivalry?

Green Bay Packers VS Chicago Bears

Green Bay Packers VS Chicago Bears
Known as “the oldest rivalry in the NFL,” there is no team that has more history than these two. To understand why it is considered a historic rivalry, you have to go back to 1921.

What was the 1st NFL team?

In 1920, Dayton Triangles team manager Carl Storck attended the first-ever organizational meeting and a few weeks later, on October 3, 1920, the Triangles hosted the first-ever NFL game against the Columbus Panhandles at Triangle Park, winning 14-0.