For Bailey, a new role with Ravens

Shift to team's law firm ends day-to-day duties

February 26, 1999|By Jon Morgan | Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF

In a significant front-office change, Jim Bailey, the Ravens' former No. 2 executive, is ending day-to-day operational involvement in the club and moving his office into those of the team's law firm.

Bailey, 52, had been the team's executive vice president/administrative. He has been one of team owner Art Modell's most trusted confidants since joining the staff of the Cleveland Browns in 1978. The franchise moved to Baltimore in 1995 and was renamed the Ravens.

Bailey was the team's point man on the negotiations to move to Baltimore and the construction of its new stadium.

He will now be the Ravens' secretary and general counsel, working from the offices of Hogan and Hartson.

"We've gotten most of the important things accomplished that we wanted to. It's a good opportunity for me to step aside from the day-to-day stuff," Bailey said.

Moving his offices brings him closer to the law firm's support staff, streamlining the management of the team's legal work, Bailey said. He will also continue as the team's liaison with the NFL office.

The move comes a few weeks after David Modell -- the owner's son -- was promoted from executive vice president/communications to president and chief operating officer. The elder Modell assumed the title of chairman and chief executive officer.

Bailey said he will remain an employee of the team, but eventually may pursue an expanded role with the law firm.

"I think it's an opportunity to get to know each other and assess whether I want to get back into that work," said Bailey, who had worked for a law firm in Cleveland before joining the football team.

Pub Date: 2/26/99

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