“This is a joyous day for Baltimore, and a tribute day for Baltimore for your proven love of the game of football,” said then-Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke at a November 6 outdoor press conference. “In the years when we had a team and in the years when we did not have an NFL team. The Browns are now the Baltimore Browns and we are proud of it.”
Yes, the Mayor of Baltimore called them the Baltimore Browns at the 1:32 mark of the video.
Browns’ GM Ernie Accorsi left Cleveland to help the City of Baltimore get a team with one of those expansion opportunities.
When the City of Baltimore was snubbed for either expansion team, the Canadian Football League began a short period of U.S. expansion and placed a club in Baltimore in 1995 called the Stallions.