STEVE BISCIOTTI wants consistency. His goal is to have the Ravens in the playoff hunt every season, avoiding dips that plague some franchises.
The Ravens are one of only five teams (New England – 12, Green Bay – 11, Baltimore – 10, Kansas City – 10 and Seattle – 10) to earn at least 10 postseason berths in the last 15 years (2008-22), with Baltimore winning at least one game in seven of those 10 playoff campaigns. Additionally, during this span, the Ravens have compiled the NFL's third-most postseason victories (11, tied with Green Bay and San Francisco), trailing only New England (16) and Kansas City (12), and they have advanced to three AFC Championship games (2012, 2011 and 2008), winning Super Bowl XLVII in 2012.
"We're proud of what we're giving to Baltimore," Bisciotti says. "You have to make the playoffs to have the opportunity to compete for championships, and championships are our goal. We want to be a consistent winner that avoids big lulls and not being in the playoffs for any length of time."
The Ravens are part of an elite group: They are one of 15 NFL teams with multiple Super Bowl victories. Five franchises have won one title. Eight others have earned a berth in the game and lost, while four teams have never advanced to the Super Bowl. More importantly, with the Super Bowl XLVII Championship, the Ravens (two), the Patriots (six) and the Buccaneers, Chiefs, Giants and Steelers (also two each) are the only teams that have won more than one NFL title since the turn of the century in 2000.
The passionate Bisciotti, who at 63 is the NFL's fourth-youngest owner (Kansas City's Clark Hunt, 58, Arizona's Michael Bidwill, 58 and Washington's Daniel Snyder, 58), bought a minority interest in the Ravens from Art Modell in 2000, completing the purchase of the franchise on April 9, 2004.
Steve's initial investment to the team provided funds to secure free agents for the 2000 Super Bowl XXXV Championship team. Today, his influence in the NFL continues to rise. He served for several years on two important ownership committees: Broadcast and Digital Media.
When Bisciotti, now in his 24th year as an owner of the Ravens, hired Harbaugh as the team's head coach in January of 2008, some eyebrows were raised. Harbaugh had never been a head coach at any level. In fact, he had not been an offensive or defensive coordinator in the NFL. It was obviously the right choice. Along with the Super Bowl XLVII victory during the 2012 season, Baltimore advanced to the playoffs in its first five years with Harbaugh, who is the only modern-day (since 1970) head coach to win a playoff game in each of his first four and five seasons. He is also the only head coach in NFL history to win a playoff game in six of the first seven seasons, while his 11 playoff victories tie for the sixth most ever by a head coach in the first 15 seasons of an NFL coaching career.
"We all saw something in John. And, you have to be willing to separate yourself from the masses – take some chances – to achieve great success," Bisciotti says of Harbaugh, who in 2019 was named NFL Coach of the Year after guiding Baltimore to a franchise-best 14-2 record. "There's probably a little bit more perception that we took a risk with John. We don't think we did."
Since taking over as the Ravens' full owner (2004), Bisciotti's teams have earned the playoffs a total of 11 times, including the AFC's No. 1 seed in 2019 with a 14-2 mark and second-straight AFC North title. His 2004 (9-7), 2013 (8-8), 2017 (9-7) and 2021 (8-9) teams missed the playoffs by just one game. Baltimore has also captured five division crowns under Steve's leadership, and with Harbaugh at the helm (since 2008), has produced the league's fourth-most total victories (158, including playoffs).
Born in Philadelphia on April 10, 1960, Bisciotti moved with his family to Baltimore (Severna Park) in March of 1961 when Steve, the youngest of three children, was 11 months old. His father, Bernard, took the children to Orioles and Colts games. Sadly, Bernard died of leukemia when Steve was 8. His mother, Patricia, a huge Ravens fan, then raised the children.
After graduating from Salisbury (Md.) State University in 1982 with a degree in liberal arts, Bisciotti worked in the temporary help industry. In 1983 (at age 23), he started Aerotek with his cousin, Jim Davis. They offered aerospace and technology companies access to skilled temporary employees.
Aerotek is part of Allegis Group, the largest staffing firm in the United States and the largest privately held talent management firm in the world. The company, headquartered just outside Baltimore, has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Allegis Group has over 18,000 internal employees and over 160,000 employees assigned to client locations. These include engineers, scientists, IT professionals, accountants, attorneys and industrial workers.
Before purchasing the Ravens, Bisciotti's business success was not well known to the general public on a national level, or even notable in the Baltimore area, where he and his partners kept a low profile. "I'm OK if I'm one of the least known owners in pro sports," Bisciotti says.
Steve, an energetic visionary, is quietly dedicated to several important causes and projects, some associated with his deep Catholic faith. He is a board member for Catholic Charities and created The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation. Most of Bisciotti's extensive charity work and generous giving are done without public notice, although, in 2020, it was announced that the foundation and the Ravens combined to donate $5 million to assist vital programs supported by Catholic Charities from more than 200 locations in Baltimore City and nine Maryland counties.
In August of 2020, the foundation and the Ravens also jointly distributed $1 million to support social justice reform in Baltimore, with a committee of current and former Ravens players determining the 28 programs chosen to receive funds from the contribution.
Additionally, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Steve and Renee's foundation and the Ravens combined to donate $1 million to support four nonprofit organizations – the Fund for Educational Excellence, the United Way of Central Maryland, the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Maryland Food Bank – in their efforts to combat the public health crisis.
In June of 2021, Steve and Renee honored Ozzie Newsome – the Ravens' longtime personnel executive and Pro Football Hall of Famer – by making a $4 million gift in his name to Maryland's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Through their foundation, the $4 million donation created the Ozzie Newsome Scholars Program, which funds scholarships for Baltimore City Public Schools graduates who attend an HBCU in Maryland.
In January of 2023, The Stephen and Renee Bisciotti foundation and the Baltimore Ravens made a $20 million commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore to create the Boys & Girls Club at Hilton Recreation Center. The previously-closed center will undergo a comprehensive renovation resulting in a space where hundreds of children ages 6-18 will participate daily in youth development programs.
Bisciotti enjoys golfing and boating. He and his wife, Renee (Foote), are the parents of two sons: Jason and Jack, both of whom reside with their families in the Baltimore area.
(Bisciotti is pronounced: bih-SHAH-tee.)