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Ravens President Dick Cass To Retire; Sashi Brown Named Successor

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Baltimore Ravens president Dick Cass will retire after spending 18 years with the team, the team said on Friday.

Longtime sports executive Sashi Brown has been named his successor, owner Steve Biscotti said.

The transition becomes effective on April 1.

Brown will assume the exact responsibilities currently held by Cass, overseeing all business areas of the organization, including finances, budgeting, non-football personnel, corporate sales, operations, communications and business ventures. He is expected to join the Ravens in March.

Cass was named president by Biscotti in 2004. Between 2004 and 2022 Cass "helped create the organizational culture for which the Ravens are known today," the club said in a release.

"Most recently, he led the organization through challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and worked at the forefront of the team's social justice reform efforts, engaging local and federal legislators to enact policy change," the Ravens said in a statement. "With roots deeply entrenched throughout the Baltimore community, Cass has overseen countless initiatives with the goal of creating better opportunities and circumstances for those most in need. An impactful presence on the board of the Ravens Foundation, Inc., Cass has also served on boards for the Greater Baltimore Committee, Kennedy Krieger Institute and Baltimore Community Foundation."

Prior to joining the Ravens, Cass spent 31 years as a partner at D.C.-based law firm Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering. Cass served as chairman of the firm's Business Transactions Section and was a member of its Management Committee.

Cass was counsel to the owner of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets during the team's relocation to New Orleans in 2002. He was counsel to Bisciotti in the purchase of the Ravens from the Modell family in 2000 and 2004 too, according to sports officials.

He also played a significant role as counsel to the estate of Jack Kent Cooke in the sale of the Washington Commanders—formerly known as the Washington Redskins—to Daniel Snyder in 1999. Additionally, he was counsel to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the acquisition of the team and Texas Stadium in the 1980s .

Brown has spent the past three years serving as the president of Monumental Basketball and as a special advisor to the Office of the CEO at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, sports officials said. He has experience overseeing a variety of operations for sports teams such as research and information systems, technology, equipment, communications, finance, facilities, security and player engagement.

Brown brings with him 13 years of NFL experience, including five seasons with the Cleveland Browns spanning from 2013 to 2017, according to sports officials. During that time, he spent two years—2016 and 2017—as the executive vice president of football operations.

He also oversaw scouting functions, roster management and salary cap of the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens said.

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