Timeline The Nfl Returns To Baltimore

February 10, 1996

1995

Oct. 20: Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Maryland Stadium Authority chairman John Moag fax a proposal to the NFL that states Baltimore will retain funding for a new stadium if the league passes a legally binding resolution by the end of the year that guarantees either an expansion team or a relocated franchise.

Oct. 27: Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and Moag meet at a private terminal at BWI and sign the 30-year lease agreement that brings the team to Baltimore.

Nov. 6: Modell and Glendening announce the Browns' move at a news conference at Camden Yards. Cleveland sues the Browns in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, asking Judge Kenneth Callahan to force the team to stay until its stadium lease expires in 1998.

Nov. 16: The city of Cleveland files suit in U.S. District Court seeking to retain the rights to the team name and colors.

Nov. 24: Callahan extends his order blocking the Browns from moving until a trial on a permanent order is held. The trial later is set for Feb.12.

1996

Jan. 12: Cleveland expands its Common Pleas Court lawsuit, adding Moag, Modell and the Maryland Stadium Authority as defendants and claiming they conspired to breach the Cleveland Stadium lease. Revised suit seeks more than $300 million in damages, as well as order forcing the Browns to stay.

Jan. 17: The NFL owners delay their vote on the Browns' move. The Maryland Stadium Authority files a $36 million antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, saying that the delay will drive up financing costs for a stadium and that it is part of a pattern by the league over the past 12 years of keeping a team out of Baltimore illegally.

Feb. 8: White and NFL announce a tentative agreement that will keep the Browns name and colors and put a team in the city by 1999. The deal also provides up to $48 million from the league toward a new stadium. Both the state of Maryland and the city of Cleveland agrees to drop its lawsuits. Modell agrees to pay Cleveland about $12 million over three years for failing to complete his lease agreement in the old stadium.

Feb. 9: The NFL owners vote to approve the Browns' move to Baltimore, 25-2-3. The Redskins vote for the move, the Steelers and the Bills vote against it, and the Raiders, Rams and Cardinals abstain. The current Browns will begin play at Memorial Stadium next season under a new name with a new logo and colors. The only remaining hurdles for the new stadium are approval by the state legislature and the Board of Public Works.

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