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Richard W. Cass

Biography

Dick Cass is in his 11th year as president of the Ravens. Cass oversees every area of the organization, including player and staff personnel, the coaching team, corporate sales, communications and business ventures. In addition to his time with the Ravens, Cass has served as counsel to a number of NFL owners, including both the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys, as well as the NFL Office. 

“Dick has had involvement with every aspect of an NFL team,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said. “His legal expertise, his working knowledge of the business, his relationships at the league office, and the respect he has earned around the league are significant assets for the franchise.”

2004-14: (with Baltimore) 2013: ESPN The Magazine’s “Ultimate Standings” ranked the Ravens as America’s 10th-best U.S. professional sports franchise (and second-best NFL franchise). 2012: The Ravens defeated San Francisco, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII, capturing the franchise’s second-ever Lombardi Trophy. 2009: A regional business group awarded Cass its Regional Visionary Award for setting a high standard for community service in the Baltimore region. 2008: Among all NFL clubs, the Ravens ranked in the top tier in sponsorship revenue, new sponsorship deals and ticket renewal rate following the ’08 season...Helped guide a committee of eight to interview and select head coach John Harbaugh. 2007: Even though Baltimore was the country’s then-27th-largest television market, the Ravens ranked in the NFL’s top tier in total revenue...Forbes Magazine recognized the Ravens as having the NFL’s second-fastest growing brand over the past three years (Aug. issue)...Cass keyed fundraising efforts for the $100,000 renovation of Collington Square School’s playground. 2006: Saluted by former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue for Dick’s input to the revenue-sharing plan of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement…Initiated fundraising after Hurricane Katrina that resulted in $1.2 million donated from the Ravens…Though dismissed by Cass, was mentioned prominently by media as a possible successor to Tagliabue...Instrumental in raising $1.2 million to refurbish Baltimore Polytechnic Institute’s football stadium…The field allows all 18 Baltimore City public high schools to play at least two games per season at the venue. 2004: Cass was named president of the club in April and was Steve Bisciotti’s first hire as new owner of the Ravens…Cass brought a wealth of business knowledge, plus legal and negotiating expertise to the club…Orchestrated a midseason move to the team’s new facility in Owings Mills, coupling football operations and corporate into one complex.

1972-2003: (with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering)A partner of the D.C.-based law firm of WCP for 31 years…Was chairman of the firm’s Business Transactions Section and a member of its Management Committee…Had a general corporate and securities practice, representing companies and entrepreneurs in complex corporate partnership and securities transactions. 2003: Counsel to the Independent Commission of the US Olympics Committee. 2002: Was counsel to the owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets in the team’s relocation to New Orleans. 2000: Represented Steve Bisciotti in the purchase of the Ravens from the Modell family. 1999: Represented the estate of Jack Kent Cooke in the sale of the Redskins to Daniel Snyder. 1992-93: Retained by the NFL as an advisor pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement with players. 1980s: Represented Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the acquisition of the team and Texas Stadium…Advised Jones on a variety of matters, including sponsorship contracts, the Collective Bargaining Agreement and salary cap, NFL broadcast arrangements, NFL Internet policies, stadium financing, estate planning, local broadcast partnerships and the NFL substance abuse programs. 1979: Promoted to partner of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering law firm. 1972: Served his first year as a member of WCP.

COLLEGE: Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton in 1968…A knee injury, coupled with surgery, kept him from athletics his first two years…Played rugby as a junior and senior…Graduated from Yale Law School in 1971.

PERSONAL:Clerked for a federal judge in Connecticut for a year before joining WCP, a firm with global offices…Father was in the Coast Guard…As a child, Dick moved around the country with his parents, making stops in Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, California, Washington, D.C., Florida and Massachusetts…Graduated from Mercersburg (PA) Academy, where he was student body president and captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams…He serves on boards for the Greater Baltimore Committee, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore Community Foundation and Bert Bell NFL Players Pension Plan…He has served on the boards of trustees for both Princeton and Mercersburg Academy…He continues as chairman of the Ravens Foundation…Dick’s wife, Heather, owns an architecture firm, Cass and Associates…She is also a graduate of Yale (School of Architecture) and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects…Their daughter, Courtney, is a Columbia graduate who taught in New York City public schools for three years and has since earned a law degree from the University of Virginia…She is currently the executive director of Teach for America Baltimore…Their son, Willy, is a graduate of St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., and a 2008 Yale University graduate (biomedical engineering)...He is currently enrolled at the University of Maryland Medical School.

Dick Cass is in his 11th year as president of the Ravens. Cass oversees every area of the organization, including player and staff personnel, the coaching team, corporate sales, communications and business ventures. In addition to his time with the Ravens, Cass has served as counsel to a number of NFL owners, including both the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys, as well as the NFL Office. 

“Dick has had involvement with every aspect of an NFL team,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said. “His legal expertise, his working knowledge of the business, his relationships at the league office, and the respect he has earned around the league are significant assets for the franchise.”

2004-14: (with Baltimore) 2013: ESPN The Magazine’s “Ultimate Standings” ranked the Ravens as America’s 10th-best U.S. professional sports franchise (and second-best NFL franchise). 2012: The Ravens defeated San Francisco, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII, capturing the franchise’s second-ever Lombardi Trophy. 2009: A regional business group awarded Cass its Regional Visionary Award for setting a high standard for community service in the Baltimore region. 2008: Among all NFL clubs, the Ravens ranked in the top tier in sponsorship revenue, new sponsorship deals and ticket renewal rate following the ’08 season...Helped guide a committee of eight to interview and select head coach John Harbaugh. 2007: Even though Baltimore was the country’s then-27th-largest television market, the Ravens ranked in the NFL’s top tier in total revenue...Forbes Magazine recognized the Ravens as having the NFL’s second-fastest growing brand over the past three years (Aug. issue)...Cass keyed fundraising efforts for the $100,000 renovation of Collington Square School’s playground. 2006: Saluted by former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue for Dick’s input to the revenue-sharing plan of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement…Initiated fundraising after Hurricane Katrina that resulted in $1.2 million donated from the Ravens…Though dismissed by Cass, was mentioned prominently by media as a possible successor to Tagliabue...Instrumental in raising $1.2 million to refurbish Baltimore Polytechnic Institute’s football stadium…The field allows all 18 Baltimore City public high schools to play at least two games per season at the venue. 2004: Cass was named president of the club in April and was Steve Bisciotti’s first hire as new owner of the Ravens…Cass brought a wealth of business knowledge, plus legal and negotiating expertise to the club…Orchestrated a midseason move to the team’s new facility in Owings Mills, coupling football operations and corporate into one complex.

1972-2003: (with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering)A partner of the D.C.-based law firm of WCP for 31 years…Was chairman of the firm’s Business Transactions Section and a member of its Management Committee…Had a general corporate and securities practice, representing companies and entrepreneurs in complex corporate partnership and securities transactions. 2003: Counsel to the Independent Commission of the US Olympics Committee. 2002: Was counsel to the owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets in the team’s relocation to New Orleans. 2000: Represented Steve Bisciotti in the purchase of the Ravens from the Modell family. 1999: Represented the estate of Jack Kent Cooke in the sale of the Redskins to Daniel Snyder. 1992-93: Retained by the NFL as an advisor pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement with players. 1980s: Represented Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the acquisition of the team and Texas Stadium…Advised Jones on a variety of matters, including sponsorship contracts, the Collective Bargaining Agreement and salary cap, NFL broadcast arrangements, NFL Internet policies, stadium financing, estate planning, local broadcast partnerships and the NFL substance abuse programs. 1979: Promoted to partner of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering law firm. 1972: Served his first year as a member of WCP.

COLLEGE: Graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton in 1968…A knee injury, coupled with surgery, kept him from athletics his first two years…Played rugby as a junior and senior…Graduated from Yale Law School in 1971.

PERSONAL:Clerked for a federal judge in Connecticut for a year before joining WCP, a firm with global offices…Father was in the Coast Guard…As a child, Dick moved around the country with his parents, making stops in Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, California, Washington, D.C., Florida and Massachusetts…Graduated from Mercersburg (PA) Academy, where he was student body president and captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams…He serves on boards for the Greater Baltimore Committee, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore Community Foundation and Bert Bell NFL Players Pension Plan…He has served on the boards of trustees for both Princeton and Mercersburg Academy…He continues as chairman of the Ravens Foundation…Dick’s wife, Heather, owns an architecture firm, Cass and Associates…She is also a graduate of Yale (School of Architecture) and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects…Their daughter, Courtney, is a Columbia graduate who taught in New York City public schools for three years and has since earned a law degree from the University of Virginia…She is currently the executive director of Teach for America Baltimore…Their son, Willy, is a graduate of St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., and a 2008 Yale University graduate (biomedical engineering)...He is currently enrolled at the University of Maryland Medical School.