Losing Dennis Mannion will hurt the Ravens

November 08, 2007 | Nestor Aparicio

His name is one that you see around certain Ravens’ “money stuff” on the street: Dennis Mannion.

He basically runs the business side of the Ravens’ operation. He’s the Ozzie Newsome of the club level, if you will; the Brian Billick of the money side of the franchise.

So extensive is Dennis’ background, that he has a 1983 World Series ring — for being on the losing side working for the Philadelphia Phillies when he was basically a “kid.”

He worked in Denver for the Nuggets/Avalanche group, and has been with the Ravens since before the Super Bowl season.

He’s leaving to go run the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose owner Jamie McCourt has tremendous Baltimore roots herself. The Orioles have also sacrificed some of their best “Warehouse” personnel to the Dodgers over the past year as well.

So, the Ravens will move on, but losing a quality person like Mannion is a tough pill for the club.

He was well-liked, respected within the building and was always a decent, honest guy in my many dealings with him.

And as the C-something-something of WNST, I know how hard it is to lose really good people in your business.

Dennis’ part of the Ravens was responsible for all of the special events, club level, advertising sales, and a bunch of fan stuff like the ladies’ “Purple” club, Draft Day events, Football 101, etc.

The Ravens will have a LITANY of qualified candidates for the position. Being the Senior VP of an NFL team draws TONS of top-notch candidates, but good people are STILL hard to find in the business world.

And you HATE to lose them!

I know: ’cause I’m always looking for quality people for WNST!!!

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