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OWINGS MILLS, Md. Sashi Brown is leaving Monumental Sports and the NBA’s Washington Wizards to return to the NFL as president of the Baltimore Ravens, it was announced Friday.
Brown, 45, becomes the third president in Raven’s history and replaces Dick Cass, who turned 76 last month and is retiring after serving in that role for 18 years.
Brown will assume the exact responsibilities that Cass currently has and oversee all business areas of the organization, including finance, budgeting, non-football staff, corporate sales, operations, communications and business ventures. He is expected to join the Ravens in March.
After spending 12 years in the NFL, Brown has worked for the last two years for Monumental Sports and the Wizards. He had been promoted to president and special adviser to President Ted Leonsis in November.
The Ravens’ hiring of Brown, who is Black, comes amid an increased investigation into the NFL’s diversity hiring practices following a lawsuit by former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores earlier this week in which he alleges racial discrimination in his interview process.
Brown returns to the NFL and AFC North for the first time since the Cleveland Browns fired him as their executive vice president of football operations during the 2017 season. The Browns fought to a record of 1-27 with Brown in control of the staff and Hue Jackson as coach, but the team stockpiled choices for future drafts and created more pay ceilings than any team in the league.
Jackson told ESPN on Wednesday that the Browns had a “four-year plan” that provided incentives to lose during that period. A day later, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam shot back, saying the claim that Jackson was paid to lose games is “an absolute lie”.
Prior to coming to Cleveland, Brown spent eight years (2005 to 2012) as senior vice president and attorney general for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was involved in both football and business operations.
In 2019, Brown was hired as chief planning and operations officer for Monumental Basketball – a group that includes the Wizards, WNBA’s Washington Mystics and Capital City Go-Go in the G League.
Brown takes over for Cass, a beloved figure in the organization, who is the longest-serving president in Raven’s history. Cass was hired in 2004 and became Steve Bisciotti’s first hire as the new owner of Ravens. During that time, he had a voice in almost every major decision in the organization, from business ventures to social justice reform to stadium improvements to mentoring the committee that hired coach John Harbaugh.
Now the top management trio under Bisciotti Brown, Harbaugh and general manager Eric DeCosta.