Raiders president Marc Badain’s resignation sends shock waves through the organization

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On Monday, Raiders owner Mark Davis abruptly announced that team president Marc Badain had resigned. The news shocked many outside the organization.

It shocked many inside the organization, too. Via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com, the “move was met with shock in the organization.”

Badain addressed the move in a text message to Gutierrez.

“The successful construction and operation of Allegiant Stadium has been unequivocally the most challenging part of my 30 years with the organization,” Badain said. “Seeing it through to the end has been rewarding beyond measure. Together the Raiders and Las Vegas accomplished what seemed impossible. . . . I am forever grateful to [Mark Davis] for his unwavering support and friendship. I wish him and the Raider family the best. I will always feel a part of the team because everyone knows. . . . Once A Raider Always A Raider.”

But no longer the Raiders president, or even a Raiders employee after 30 years with the team. The timing and circumstances create real confusion, and they invite speculation that there’s a story lurking somewhere behind the official story. The mere fact that Badain left a month before the stadium he worked so hard to get built will welcome a full house for the first time makes the whole situation even stranger.

7 responses to “Raiders president Marc Badain’s resignation sends shock waves through the organization

  1. Talk to Rich McKay, with the Falcons. Trust me Gruden’s name is all over this.

  2. He did a outstanding job getting the Raiders to Vegas. It’s going to make the Raiders a very rich organization. It will also lead to many top Free Agents wanting to come to Vegas. He also got to work with the GREAT Al Davis, what a honor that must of been! Enjoy your next phase in life Marc! Thank you!

  3. No Jon is t part of this. There was lots of speculation that once the stadium was done, Marc wouldn’t likely move on. Marc is not only tight with Mark but he’s very close with Jon and Mike too. It was just time. Wouldn’t most of you think 30 years in one place is long enough???

  4. I heard Marc Badain wanted to stay until at least the home opener, but he was sick and tired of filling out the TPS reports…

  5. “There was lots of speculation that once the stadium was done, Marc wouldn’t likely move on. Marc is not only tight with Mark but he’s very close with Jon and Mike too. It was just time. Wouldn’t most of you think 30 years in one place is long enough???
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    That’s the whole point, though. The stadium isn’t really “done” until they’ve had a real game there. That’d be the logical time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and then step aside. Going out now is akin to planning the big party but then not attending it. And if this was always the plan why are so many insiders surprised?

  6. Mogo, I guess it wasn’t expected Marc would leave after the stadium was complete, although I think over the last couple years Marc has hinted around to Mark. Per Gutierrez anyway. My theory is Marc chose to go now because once you decide you are going, why linger. I’m sure we will see Marc sitting up with Mark at some games. And this, Marc just accomplished something MAJOR, HUGE. Ok so if he stays, now what? He literally did it. That was his super bowl. He’s a businessman not a jock strap. I’m not sure how important the actual football part means to him.

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