Raiders Make N.F.L. History With Team President Hire
The Las Vegas Raiders hired Sandra Douglass Morgan, the former chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, as the team’s new president. 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.
A lawyer who has also sat on the boards for Caesars Entertainment and Allegiant Travel, the parent company of the airline that has the naming rights to the Raiders’ stadium, Morgan was named the vice chair of Las Vegas’ host committee for Super Bowl LVIII last year.
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 the Raiders’ owner Mark Davis, whose family has run the team for more than 50 years, of creating a hostile work environment.
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