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Ravens Owner Bisciotti "Relishing" Team's Run To Super Bowl But Prefers To Avoid Spotlight
Published January 31, 2013
RELATIONSHIP BUILDING: Fox NFL analyst and former Ravens coach BRIAN BILLICK said of Bisciotti, "In a very positive way, he is engaged. He built his fortune on relationships and is very much about that. It's not a 'I'm in charge, do what I say' mentality. It's an 'I don't care if you're the ball boy or the head coach, we've got to create partnerships here.' He hires people he trusts and then keeps a purposefully, painfully low profile. He never wants to make it about him." In N.Y., Judy Battista notes those at the Ravens who have worked with Bisciotti said that he "has a similar gentle touch with his employees." Billick said that Bisciotti would "come to the team's training facility about once a week, but was just as apt to talk with the receptionist as he was with" Billick or Newsome. Bisciotti is "not active in league matters, sometimes skipping meetings" and sending Cass in his place. He also has "stepped out of owners' meetings, shutting the door behind him, to smoke one of his cigars" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/31).