The original Cleveland Browns franchise moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens after the 1995 National Football League season. The City of Cleveland obtained a replacement Browns team in 1999.
The Baltimore Ravens.
The Cleveland Browns franchise moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens after the 1995 National Football League season. The City of Cleveland obtained a replacement Browns team in 1999.
Technically the Browns never moved. While Art Modell's team, personnel, and equipment moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens, the Cleveland Browns name, history, and records, by legal agreement with Modell, stayed in Cleveland. The NFL promised Cleveland another Browns franchise, which they received for the 1999 season.
During the 1995 NFL season, Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced his intention to move the team to Baltimore for financial reasons. The team began playing as the Baltimore Ravens during the 1996 regular season. The NFL made arrangements to bring another team to Cleveland, starting with the 1999 season. The Browns' history, records and uniform colors were held over for the new Cleveland franchise.
They had assembled a strong front office that hired quality coaches, notably head coach Brian Billick, and the Ravens built a solid team in the first four seasons in Baltimore.
The Ravens' first season in Baltimore was in 1996.
Baltimore Colts left in 1983 to become the Indianapolis Colts. Baltimore Ravens came in 1996.
On November 6, 1995, then-Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced his intention to move the team to Baltimore, citing the inadequacy of Cleveland Stadium and the lack of a sufficient replacement, along with his heavy debt. The decision triggered a flurry of legal activity that ended when representatives of Cleveland and the NFL reached a settlement on February 8, 1996. It stipulated that the Browns' name, colors, and history of the franchise were to remain in Cleveland, including past records and the attribution of its Pro Football Hall of Fame players. A reactivated Cleveland Browns team would then begin play in 1999, while Modell's relocated club would technically and legally be an expansion team, the Ravens. The Ravens and the pre-1995 Browns organization are one continuous entity. Source: http://www.football-almanac.com/teams/Baltimore_Ravens.shtml
The Ravens were officially recognized as an NFL team when they relocated from Cleveland, Ohio to Baltimore, Maryland in April, 1996.
The Baltimore Ravens are Baltimore's NFL team. The Baltimore Orioles are Baltimore's Major League Baseball team. They are both still there. Neither one became the other.
Jim Harbaugh is the coach of the San Francisco 49ers, John Harbaugh is the coach of Baltimore Ravens