The Las Vegas Raiders announced the First Black woman team president in NFL history

The Las Vegas Raiders announced the First Black woman team president in NFL history


On Thursday, the Las Vegas Raiders announced former Nevada Gaming Control Board chairwoman Sandra Douglass Morgan as the league’s first African-American female team president.

“It is a once-in-a-lifetime privilege to join the Raiders at one of the most defining eras in the franchise’s history,” Morgan said in a team release. “The presence of this team in Las Vegas has generated fresh enthusiasm and opportunities we never imagined. I look forward to bringing this team’s on-field honesty, spirit, and dedication to excellence to every aspect of this organization.”

Morgan was also the first African-American woman to lead Nevada’s Gaming Control Board upon her appointment in May 2019. She joins Buffalo’s Kim Pegula, who is also co-owner of the Bills, and Carolina’s Kristi Coleman as the third woman in NFL history to be hired as a team president.

“I am ecstatic that Sandra has decided to join the Raiders family,” stated Raiders owner Mark Davis. “Her knowledge, honesty, and dedication to this community will prove invaluable to our organization. As soon as I saw Sandra, I realized she was a formidable opponent. We are really fortunate to have her in charge.”

In less than a year, Morgan will become the Raiders’ third team president. Marc Badain abruptly resigned in July 2021 after serving as president since 2013 and having worked for the organization since 1991. Dan Ventrelle succeeded Badain as interim president until his dismissal in May of this year. Later, Ventrelle asserted that he was terminated for escalating many employees’ claims that Davis “created a hostile work environment.”

In October 2021, Jon Gruden resigned as head coach of the Raiders after a league investigation into the Washington Football Team found that Gruden had made racist, sexist, and homophobic remarks in emails with then-Washington general manager Bruce Allen.

Las Vegas will reveal Heather DeSanto as their new vice president of human resources alongside the announcement of their new team president.

Morgan wrote in her letter to the Raiders, “Let me be clear — I am not here to ignore or circumvent problems or concerns that need to be addressed.” “I’ve given joining you considerable attention, and I’ve decided to do so because I believe in the Raiders’ potential. I most strongly support your fundamental principles of ethics, community, and dedication to greatness. I expect you to exemplify them and will hold myself accountable for doing the same.”