Super Bowl aside, owner sets goals

The Baltimore Sun

Like every NFL executive, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has long wanted to win a Super Bowl.

But as he entered his fifth season with a majority stake in the club, Bisciotti had a series of more generic goals defining the sort of owner he wants to be.

"I want to run the organization in a classy way," Bisciotti said last year in an interview. "I'm in the position where I don't have to run the business to make a profit. I don't want to lose money. I want us to make enough money to compete with everyone else. I want to be an influence in the community."

Bisciotti, 48, then laughed and said, "You hope you win a couple championships before you die."

The Ravens ended their season one game shy of the Super Bowl, losing, 23-14, to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game.

Bisciotti held a minority stake in the Ravens team that won the Super Bowl in January 2001. Art Modell was then majority owner.

Bisciotti is among many executives featured in last year's book by Baltimore sports agent and lawyer Ron Shapiro called Dare to Prepare: How to Win Before You Begin!

The book tells how Bisciotti, who lost his father to leukemia when he was 8, set a goal of "leaving his family on solid financial footing were he to die at age 35 like his father." Bisciotti founded a technical services and recruiting company when he was 23, and the firm eventually "took off," the book says.

In all his business activities, Bisciotti said, his aim is to surround himself with competent people and allow them to do their jobs.

Does he ever worry about meddling with his football team?

"You're hitting on something that is undefinable," said Bisciotti, who was involved in the hiring of coach John Harbaugh after last season. "Constructive participation and meddling is in the eyes of the beholder. My litmus test is the quality of life people have in the organization."

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