Sashi Brown leaves NBA’s Washington Wizards to be president of NFL’s Baltimore Ravens

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 Ravens history and replaces Dick Cass, who turned 76 last month and is retiring after serving in the role for 18 years.

Brown is expected to join the Ravens in March and will officially take over as team president on April 1. The Ravens said he “will oversee all areas of the organization,” including player and staff personnel, coaching, corporate sales, operations and business ventures.

After spending 12 years in the NFL, Brown has worked the past two years for Monumental Sports and the Wizards. He had been promoted to chairman and special adviser to President Ted Leonsis in November.

The hiring of Brown, who is black, by the Ravens comes amid heightened scrutiny of the NFL’s diversity hiring practices following a lawsuit filed by the former Dolphins coach of Miami, Brian Flores, earlier this week, in which he alleges alleged racial discrimination regarding his interview process.

Brown returns to the NFL and AFC North for the first time since the Cleveland Browns fired him as executive vice president of football operations during the 2017 season. The Browns have struggled to build a record 1-27 with Brown in charge of staff and Hue Jackson as coach, but the team has been hoarding picks for future drafts and creating more salary cap space than any team in the league .

Jackson told ESPN on Wednesday that the Browns had a “four-year plan” that encouraged losing during that time. A day later, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam hit back, saying the claim that Jackson was paid to lose games was “an absolute lie.”

Prior to joining Cleveland, Brown spent eight years (2005 to 2012) as senior vice president and general counsel for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was involved in both football and business.

In 2019, Brown was hired as director of planning and operations for Monumental Basketball – a group that includes the Wizards, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the G League’s Capital City Go-Go.

Brown succeeds Cass, a beloved figure in the organization who is the longest-serving president in Ravens history. Cass was hired in 2004, becoming Steve Bisciotti’s first recruit as the Ravens’ new owner. During that time, he had a say in nearly every major decision of the organization, from business ventures to social justice reform to stadium improvements to leading the committee that hired coach John Harbaugh.

Now the top three under Bisciotti are Brown, Harbaugh and general manager Eric DeCosta.

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