LAS VEGAS ( Associated Press) – The Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday introduced a former Nevada gambling regulator as the new president of the franchise, the first black woman to hold the title with an NFL team.
Team owner Mark Davis said after talking to the candidates that Sandra Douglas Morgan is at the top of his list every time.
“His experience, integrity and passion for this community will be invaluable to our organization,” Davis said. “From the moment I met Sandra, I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. We are extremely lucky to have her at this stage.”
Morgan, a former chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, is the third woman to become the president of an NFL team, and the third African-American.
He is also the latest raider to break the barriers. Former Raiders coach Tom Flores was the first Hispanic head coach to win a Super Bowl title, and former coach Art Schell was the first black head coach of the NFL’s Super Bowl era.
Morgan, who spent eight years with the city of North Las Vegas, was also the first black city attorney in the state of Nevada, when she served in that role from 2013 to 2016.
“I certainly never want to be the last,” Morgan said, “and I want to get to the point where no one else is first.”
Morgan emphasized leadership and complete transparency during his introductory press conference at Allegiant Stadium.
“We have a lot to do, and I’m excited to be on top of that development and look forward to beginning a new chapter for the Raiders,” Morgan said. “The fact that I accepted this role is because I believe in the Raiders’ promise, I believe in the Raiders’ future, and I believe in this organization’s commitment to community principles, integrity, and above all, excellence.” I believe in commitment.”
She takes charge of a team that has left the organization in less than a year, with two presidents and several longtime executives in its front office.
Dan Ventrell took over on an interim basis in July 2021 after Mark Baden resigned from the presidency last summer and was promoted to a full-time role in January.
But Ventrell was gone less than a year after joining the organization. In a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ventrell said he was fired in retaliation for bringing to the concerns of many employees in the NFL about a “hostile work environment.”
Morgan said, “It’s no secret that this organization has faced some recent challenges, but I want to be clear, I’m not here to embrace anything or to avoid the problems or concerns that may arise.” needs to be addressed.” “It’s not lost on me that this is an important and defining moment in the NFL. It’s important to me and my intention is to make a meaningful contribution beyond the Raiders family.”
Defensive star and Max Crosby, who attended Morgan’s introduction, said Raiders players are excited to start a new chapter.
“It’s unbelievable,” Crosby said. “First of all, just breaking down barriers and Mark has done an incredible job and it was started by his father. You know, just being transparent and giving everyone equal opportunities. He’s honestly the best for the job and it’s going to be awesome, we look forward to the future. ,
Coach Josh McDaniels and General Manager Dave Ziegler welcomed Morgan to the prepared statement.
“We congratulate Sandra Douglas Morgan on her historic appointment as Team President and are excited to welcome her to the Raiders family. Sandra brings impressive leadership experience to the organization and we are thrilled to be working with her as We continue to build a championship-caliber culture and team,” the statement said.
Morgan’s husband, Don, played with the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals between 1999 and 2002.
Associated Press freelance writer Poppy Cartledge contributed to this story.
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