Cass replaces son of ex-owner Art Modell

Updated: April 13, 2004, 5:46 PM ET
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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 two years.

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 family.

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.