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For 12 long years, the city tried to get the NFL to bring an expansion team to Baltimore, with no luck. Cities like Charlotte, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla., were deemed more worthy prospects for an NFL franchise. Can anyone with a straight face say that Jacksonville is a better place for a football team than Baltimore? The state of Florida already had two teams! It desperately needed a third? Can anyone say Charlotte has a better, more avid, more vocal fan base than Baltimore? I think any rational person would have to say no.
It was apparent that Baltimore was never going to get another team. It can't be proved — no "smoking gun" was ever found — but it seemed clear that somewhere in the dark corners of the NFL, some decision was made to keep an expansion team from coming into Baltimore.
I was at a meeting with then-Gov.
It may have been an imperfect move, but both cities now have a football franchise. It just so happens that Baltimore's team is better.