Podcast Recap: Dick Cass Remains Optimistic and Realistic in Uncertain Times


Ravens President Dick Cass joined "The Lounge" podcast and discussed the impact of the coronavirus, the $1 million donation to local organizations, and his reaction to the new CBA.

Here's some of what you'll find in episode #204:

1:35 When he expects Ravens employees back in the offices

6:25 The biggest ways coronavirus has impacted the organization

9:20 The Ravens' and Steve and Renée Bisciotti Foundation's $1 million donation to four local organizations to combat the COVID-19 crisis

"We know they're experienced in dealing with emergency situations. They're well-respected organizations, they know what they're doing. We really believe it was best for us to give out our money quickly, give it to them, and let them use it to alleviate whatever they could related to the COVID-19 crisis. We were confident they could do it quickly. We're confident they're going to make good use of our funds."

15:10 The long-lasting impact the crisis will have on the NFL

"It's really hard to know about long-term impacts. A lot of that is going to depend on how long the stay-at-home order remains in effect. If it lasts a long time, it could have obviously an effect on our season. No one expects that, but you just don't know. We are going about the business of continuing to spend money on players. We've been active in free agency and other teams have on the assumption we're going to have a full season. I just don't think the OTA's are going to happen at all. I hope I'm wrong. I'm hoping we can get some players in (the facility) in June, but I'm sort of doubtful of that. The next big date for the players of course will be the opening of training camp. We're all hopeful that will not be delayed."   

17:10 Dealing with the uncertainty

"Nobody really knows how long this is going to go on. You have to be hopeful. We seem to be getting more tests out there. I think most Americans are taking seriously the social distancing instruction."

21:15 His reaction to the new CBA

23:30 What he thinks about the expanded NFL playoff format

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