Bisciotti to announce lawyer as team president

<p>OWINGS MILLS – Steve Bisciotti has begun placing his imprint on the structure of the Baltimore Ravens' front office.<br> <br> The Ravens' minority owner, who will formally assume control of the franchise from outgoing owner Art Modell in April, has selected Richard Cass to be the club's new president, according to a published report.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Cass is a former outside counsel for the Dallas Cowboys who works as a corporate lawyer in the Washington law firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering LLP. 

Cass would replace former team president David Modell, Art's son, and the hire will be announced to NFL owners at their meeting this week, according to Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal.

Cass didn't return a telephone call and an e-mail seeking comment.

Cass, 58, represented Cowboys owner Jerry Jones nine years ago in a lawsuit against the NFL regarding the use of non-league sponsors at Texas Stadium. The two sides settled the dispute in 1996.

In Cass' Martindale-Hubbell biography, the Yale University Law graduate's practice specialties are listed as corporate and securities law, finance, mergers and acquisitions and sports law.

He is a former adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University.

In the article, Baltimore sports investment banker John Moag, who helped orchestrate the original Cleveland Browns' move to Baltimore and represented Bisciotti in his acquisition of the team, said, "Dick Cass is a class act and has been around the league for quite a while and will serve Steve Bisciotti very well."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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