The Cleveland Browns compete in the NFL as a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) North division. Founded in 1945 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference, the Browns then dominated the league before it dissolved in 1949. The Browns then joined the National Football League and won a championship in their inaugural NFL season, followed by wins in the 1954, 1955, and 1964 seasons.
After plans to move the team to Baltimore fell apart, a compromise in 1996 allowed then-owner Art Modell to establish the Baltimore Ravens as a new franchise. All intellectual property of the Browns, including team name, logos, training facility, and history, were retained. However, the franchise was suspended and the team needed to be re-established by 1999 by expansion or relocation. The Browns were announced as an expansion team in 1998 and began to take part in the league once again in 1999.
Since going back to the NFL, the Browns struggled to achieve major milestones. They were only able to claim two winning seasons in 2002 and 2007, one playoff appearance, and no playoff wins.