Raiders hiring Sandra Douglass Morgan as team president

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Earlier this week, word emerged that the Raiders would be announcing a new team president.

Now we know who it is.

Las Vegas will name Sandra Douglass Morgan its new president, according to Mick Akers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She is the first Black woman to be named a team president in the NFL.

Morgan is the former Nevada Gaming Control Board chairwoman, having held the position from 2019-2021. She was the first Black woman to serve in that role.

Akers reports that Morgan’s hiring was announced to Raiders employees via a letter on Thursday.

“I am thrilled to join you as we embark on one of the most exciting times in the history of our organization,” Morgan said in it. “I look forward to meeting each of you in person over the coming weeks.”

Morgan is now the third Raiders team president in less than a year. Marc Badain had been with the organization for 30 years abruptly resigned last year on July 19. Dan Ventrelle replaced Badain and held the position until he was fired in May.

Ventrelle later claimed he was dismissed after sharing concerns raised by employees who had complained about the behavior of owner Mark Davis in the workplace.

“Let me be clear — I am not here to avoid or sidestep problems or concerns that need to be addressed,” Morgan said in her letter. “I’ve given long and thoughtful consideration to joining you, and I’ve done so because I believe in the promise of the Raiders. Most importantly, I believe in your core values of integrity, community, and commitment to excellence. I will expect you to embody those and to hold me accountable to doing the same.”

The Raiders are expected to introduce Morgan at a 1 p.m. PT news conference on Thursday.

16 responses to “Raiders hiring Sandra Douglass Morgan as team president

  1. The Raiders organization has an excellent history of minority/female hiring. Hopefully Mark’s despicable behavior does not tarnish that history.

  2. Congratulations, once again, to the Raiders for being trailblazers in breaking through social and cultural conditioning. Raiders were the first to hire a Hispanic head coach, African American head-coach, female executive, and now, African American female PRESIDENT. For an NFL team once considered behind-the-times in how the run an organization, they are now working in a state of the art facility, state of the art stadium, and now Sandra Douglas Morgan is ready to clean out the boys club and bring the Raiders up to date as one of the leading organizations in the NFL.

  3. This hiring would’ve made Al Davis proud. Another first of it’s kind in the NFL.

  4. A former Nevada Gaming chairwoman who causally moved onto a Board of Directors at Ceasars before becoming the head of an NFL franchise in the early days of the league’s foray into legalized gambling? This should be fun.

  5. After the Gruden stuff, boy is this an obvious attempt to try to get back into the good graces.

    How about just do the right thing originally instead of needing to curry favor with the public after the fact?

  6. Oh, the gambling connection… this is sleight of hand that any magician would admire.

    Keep thinking it’s progress, folks…

  7. There is a whiff of identity politics here, sure. But my biggest concern was that Mark would be hiring another one of his friends who would only be telling him what he wanted to hear, and it doesn’t sound like that’s what’s going on here. Mark has said he’s trying to learn from his dad’s mistakes, so hopefully he’s genuinely trying to bring in people from the outside to challenge him and improve the franchise instead of keeping an insular circle of yes-men and women.

  8. I’m sure mark feels strongly about her as an individual or it wouldn’t happen

  9. When an organization has a track record of the underrepresented, that speaks for itself — it is undeniable and part of the legacy of the organization. In under ten years, Mark Davis has rebuilt an aging workplace and modernized the Raiders, moved the team, and now they are a playoff team. That’s just a fact. Now I hope Morgan does whatever is necessary to resolve any workplace issues and lead this organization to its new peak in all levels of administration. Everyone has a right to change and improve. We all depend on that. Good for the Raiders.

  10. Besides the obvious red flags I like what Mark has been doing so I’m all for it.

  11. Congrats to joining the sinking ship.

    Hope you enjoy .250 ball clubs and last place!

  12. Good luck and congrats to this woman, well deserved. Hopefully she can use this experience to eventually get on a winning and respectable organization!

  13. Still currying favor with the league office to side step penalties for past indiscretions.

  14. It’s pathetic to see people diss history. It just shows how a GREAT organization should be run!

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