The Baltimore Ravens are a professional American football team based in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division. The team plays its home games at M&T Bank Stadium and is headquartered in Owings Mills.
The Ravens were established in 1996, when Art Modell, who was then the owner of the Cleveland Browns, announced plans to relocate the franchise from Cleveland, Ohio to Baltimore.As part of a settlement between the league and the city of Cleveland, Modell was required to leave the Browns’ heritage in Cleveland for a replacement team and replacement personnel that would take control in 1999 including the history and records of the Browns.
In return, he was allowed to take his own personnel and team to Baltimore, where such personnel would then form an expansion team. The team’s name was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven.