That The Las Vegas Raiders signed Sandra Douglass Morgan, former chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, as the team’s new president. She is the first black woman to hold the position for an NFL franchise.
Morgan is filling a position that has become vacant twice in the past year due to upheaval in the front office and allegations of financial mismanagement and workplace dysfunction within the Raiders organization. She comes nine months after the departure of coach Jon Gruden to the Raiders, who resigned in October 2021 after The New York Times published detailed emails containing misogynistic and homophobic comments before beginning his second stint with the team.
Morgan, an attorney who has also served on the boards of directors of Caesars Entertainment and Allegiant Travel, the airline’s parent company that owns the naming rights to Raiders Stadium, was most recently named vice chair of the Las Vegas hosting committee for Super Bowl LVIII Year.
Since the Raiders relocated to Las Vegas from Oakland, Calif. in 2020, six of the team’s top eight executives have resigned or been fired with little explanation. Marc Badain stepped down as team president in July 2021 and his temporary successor, Dan Ventrelle, was fired in May. Ventrelle later accused Raiders owner Mark Davis, whose family has run the team for more than 50 years, of creating a hostile work environment.