Sunday, January 28, 2001

Ravens will remain in AFC Central




By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        TAMPA, Fla. — It now appears the Ravens are going to remain in the AFC Central when the NFL changes to four, four-team divisions in each conference beginning in the 2002 season.

        It had been understood the expansion Houston Texans would join the Bengals, Browns and Steelers in the Central. But with the push of Steelers owner Dan Rooney, who wants to maintain Pittsburgh's decades-long rivalry with Baltimore, the Ravens are expected to replace Houston as the fourth Central team.

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        The Bengals would have liked to create support for Indianapolis coming into the Central from the AFC East.

        But the Colts appear headed for the new AFC South Division with Houston, Tennessee and Jacksonville.

        The AFC East would keep Miami, the Jets, Buffalo and New England.

        The AFC West would be San Diego, Denver, Kansas City and Oakland. Seattle would move from the AFC West to the NFC West.

        NFL owners have set a June 1 deadline to vote on realignment.

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