Baltimore is a strong sports city. A lot has to happen before it is considered a desirable location for a new franchise. The most important factor is finding a suitable home for the team. There are several stadiums in Baltimore that would be perfect for an NBA game, but none of them are up to code and none of them want to spend the money needed to update them.
There are two teams that currently reside in Baltimore: The Baltimore Ravens of the NFL and the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball. Neither one of these teams is going to move unless they are given an offer they can't refuse. And even then, there's no guarantee they will leave.
The Ravens came into existence in 1996 when the Cleveland Browns decided to move their team to Baltimore because nobody wanted to watch them play football. The Ravens originally played their home games at Joe Louis Stadium, which is now used by the Detroit Lions. They have since moved to M&T Bank Stadium, which is also home to the University of Maryland's football team. The stadium does not meet NFL standards and cannot be upgraded without being demolished and rebuilt. It's estimated to cost around $750 million.
The Orioles play in Oriole Park At Camden Yards.
The Baltimore Orioles are a Major League Baseball team that plays in Baltimore. Other professional sports franchises in the state include five affiliated minor league baseball clubs, one independent league baseball team, the Baltimore Blast indoor soccer team, two indoor football teams, two low-level basketball teams, and the Baltimore Blast indoor soccer team. The city's NFL franchise is called the Ravens.
The Orioles have only won 95 games since they last appeared in the World Series in 1990 - the fewest among all major league teams. However, three of their four playoff appearances have come in the past five years, and they made it to the American League Championship Series for the first time in 2005 before being defeated by Boston Red Sox.
The Orioles play at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in downtown Baltimore. The park opened in 1992 and has been named one of the best stadiums in baseball ever since it opened its doors. Its distinctive look comes from the shell of a former industrial site that was transformed into a beautiful baseball stadium with high ceilings, wide-open spaces, and an atmosphere that's always loud even when the O's aren't playing.
Camden Yards is owned by Tony Petrossian who also owns the popular Greek restaurant chain Panevino. The O's play their home games there during the season which lasts from early April until late October. The club reports to the Major League Baseball Players Association for the purpose of negotiating labor contracts and other business related matters.
The Baltimore Ravens are Maryland's professional football team. The Baltimore Colts and the Baltimore Stallions were the team's forefathers. Baltimore Ravens supporters in Annapolis, Maryland, at the Maryland State Archives, February 2013. The current Baltimore Ravens played their first game on December 15, 1996, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They have won two of the last three Super Bowl titles.
Baltimore was one of six American cities to have two teams in the NFL until the Indianapolis Colts left for Indianapolis in 1953. The city has had only one team since then - the Ravens. The other five cities with multiple teams are Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington.
Although none of these other cities has been without a team for as long as Baltimore has, they have all managed to better serve their communities over the years. The Browns and Eagles both have winning records this year, for example. But neither has reached the playoffs yet, while the Ravens are heading toward their third straight championship game.
In fact, only two other teams have ever appeared in every season of the NFL schedule. The St. Louis Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. Both teams have won more than 10 games only once during that time period. The Ravens are on track to break this record too if they can beat the New England Patriots this week and then go on to win the Super Bowl.
This city is one NBA franchise away from being the perfect destination for fans to come. One club is absent from the block, despite the presence of the Orioles and Ravens. The Hornets will play in a big metropolis with a large fan base at this area.
The charts below show the migrations of franchises in the main North American sports leagues during the contemporary ages. It excludes the following: Moves within a city, which have happened often in all major leagues, A small distance is the distance between two cities in the same metro region.