On This Date 3/11/1996

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Art Modell announces that he has selected the name Baltimore Ravens as his team’s new name. Modell was forced to choose a new name after reaching a deal with the City of Cleveland, in which he left the Browns history, logos, and uniforms behind for a future expansion team. The name Ravens was chosen from a fan contest in honor of author Edgar Allen Poe who lived in Baltimore when he penned “The Raven.”

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