OWING MILLS, Md. -- Dick Cass was appointed president
of the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday after helping to broker the purchase of the
team by Steve Bisciotti.
Cass replaces David Modell, the son of former Ravens owner Art
Modell. David Modell will remain as a consultant for the next
Bisciotti, who bought 49 percent of the Ravens five years ago,
officially became the majority owner of the team last week by
transferring $325 million to Art Modell, who had run the franchise
for 43 years.
"Dick has had involvement with every aspect of an NFL team,
outside of coaching and scouting," Bisciotti said of his first
major move as owner. "His legal expertise, his working
knowledge of the business, his relationships at the league
office and the respect he has already earned around the league
will be a significant asset for the franchise."
Cass, a Washington-based corporate lawyer, also represented
Jerry Jones in his acquisition of the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 and
has worked for NFL on various transactions.
Cass, 56, continued to advise Jones on a variety of important franchise
matters, including sponsorship contracts, the collective
bargaining agreement and the salary cap, the NFL's broadcast
arrangements, the NFL's internet policies, stadium financing,
estate planning, local broadcast partnerships and the NFL's
substance abuse programs.
"Dick is uniquely qualified for this position," Jones said. "He
is extremely bright and has a thorough knowledge of the daily
operation of a team and the league office. He and Steve will
make a dynamic leadership tandem in Baltimore that will
ultimately benefit the NFL."
Cass represented the estate of Jack Kent Cooke in the sale of
the Washington Redskins to Daniel Snyder in 1999 and also worked
with Bisciotti in the purchase of the Ravens from the Modell
Modell, 78, will retain a one percent ownership stake and will
have an office next to Bisciotti's in the Ravens' training complex
in Owings Mills.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.