The NFL franchise New England Patriots was established in 1959. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the current owner Robert Kraft bought the franchise in 1994 for 172 million U.S. dollars. The most successful years of the franchise began in 2000, when Bill Belichick was hired as head coach, and quarterback Tom Brady was drafted by the team. Since then, the team has played in seven Super Bowls, winning five of them – 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015 and 2017. The team is tied with both the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys in regards to Super Bowl titles.
In 2015 the team was involved in the deflategate scandal, which deals with allegations that footballs were inappropriately deflated before the AFC Championship Game in January 2015. The scandal raised concerns about the team’s ethics, and the possible involvement of Tom Brady in it.
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