The Baltimore Ravens are a professional American football team in the National Football League based in Baltimore, Maryland. They compete in the North Division of the American Football Conference. They have played their home games at M&T Bank Stadium in downtown Baltimore since 1998. They are headquartered at the Under Armor Performance Center in Owings Mills.
The Ravens were born in 1996, when then-Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced his plan to move the franchise to Baltimore. As part of the agreement between the league and the city of Cleveland, Modell was required to abandon the Browns name, record and history of the Cleveland team for a possible re-establishment. In exchange, he was allowed to bring his players to Baltimore, where the team would be legally recognized as an expansion team. The name was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Raven, since Poe lived in Baltimore, died and was buried there in 1849, and by the name of the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball.
The Ravens have had considerable success in their short history, reaching the playoffs nine times since 2000, with two Super Bowl victories (in 2000 and 2012), two AFC titles (2000 and 2012), six division titles (2003 , 2006, 2011, 2012, 2018 and 2019) and are the only team to have participated in more than one Super Bowl and to have won in all of their appearances in the grand final. The Ravens organization has been led by general manager Eric DeCosta since 2019 and has had three head coaches: Ted Marchibroda, Brian Billick and John Harbaugh. With a record-breaking defense in the 2000 season, the team earned a reputation for relying heavily on its defensive end, led by players like middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who, until his retirement, was considered the face of the franchise having played there for entire career.
The team is owned by Steve Bisciotti and as of 2023, according to Forbes magazine, the value of the Ravens is approximately $4.63 billion, seventeenth among NFL franchises.