Raiders Make N.F.L. History With Team President Hire
Sandra Douglass Morgan, the former chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, was hired by the Las Vegas Raiders as the team’s president.
Reeling from scandal and the exodus of team executives, the Las Vegas Raiders hired Sandra Douglass Morgan as their president. She is the first Black woman to hold the role in N.F.L. history.–
The Las Vegas Raiders hired Sandra Douglass Morgan, the former chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, as the team’s new president on Thursday. She is the first Black woman to hold the position for an N.F.L. franchise.
Morgan fills a role that was vacated twice in the past year amid front office upheaval and allegations of financial mismanagement and workplace dysfunction within the Raiders organization.
She joins the Raiders nine months after the departure of Coach Jon Gruden, who resigned in October 2021 after The New York Times detailed emails in which he made misogynistic and homophobic comments before starting his second stint with the team.
Morgan sits on the boards for Caesars Entertainment and Allegiant Travel, the parent company of the airline that has the naming rights to the Raiders’ stadium, and last year was named the vice chair of Las Vegas’ host committee for Super Bowl LVIII, which is scheduled for February 2024.
“I am thrilled that Sandra has agreed to join the Raiders family,” Mark Davis, the team’s owner, said in a statement. “Her experience, integrity and passion for this community will be invaluable to our organization.”
Since the Raiders moved to Las Vegas from Oakland, Calif., in 2020, six of the team’s eight top executives quit or were fired with little explanation.–
Marc Badain resigned as team president in July 2021, and his interim replacement, Dan Ventrelle, was fired in May. Ventrelle later accused Davis, whose family has run the team for more than 50 years, of creating a hostile work environment.
Morgan said she was “honored and humbled” when Davis approached her about the position, but that she also had a lot of questions for him.
“It’s no secret this organization has faced some recent challenges,” she said during a brief news conference at Allegiant Stadium on Thursday. “But I want to be clear: I am not here to sweep anything under the rug or avoid problems or concerns that need to be addressed.”