Sandra Douglas Morgan becomes the first black female NFL president with the Raiders

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Sandra Douglas Morgan, former chairman of the Nevada Board of Gaming Control, has been named team president Las Vegas Raiders Thursday.

Morgan becomes the first black woman to hold the title on an NFL team. Morgan has experience in the city, having lived there for over 40 years. Her father retired air force veteran served at Nellis Air Force Base.

Sandra Douglas Morgan (left) speaks next to Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis during a press conference announcing Morgan as the new Raiders president on Thursday, July 7, 2022, in Las Vegas.

Sandra Douglas Morgan (left) speaks next to Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis during a press conference announcing Morgan as the new Raiders president on Thursday, July 7, 2022, in Las Vegas.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

During the press conference, she said that she believes in the future of the organization and expressed her passion for make the city better than it can be.

“I have served on a number of councils that have helped people across the region and state, and I strongly believe that each of us has a role to play in mentoring and supporting the most vulnerable, and a responsibility we share in this raider organization, to make a permanent and positive impact on this community,” she said.

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Raiders team owner Mark Davis said that Morgan topped his list of candidates every time he interviewed someone.

“Her 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 very lucky to have her at the helm.”

Morgan understood that the organization had faced a number of controversies in recent months, but she was going to resolve them directly.

Sandra Douglas Morgan speaks at the press conference where she was announced as the new president of the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday, July 7, 2022 in Las Vegas.

Sandra Douglas Morgan speaks at the press conference where she was announced as the new president of the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday, July 7, 2022 in Las Vegas.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

“When Mark and I first discussed this opportunity, I was flattered and humiliated, but I also had many questions. It’s no secret that this organization has run into some problems recently, but I want to be clear. I’m not here to sweep anything under the rug or avoid issues or issues that need to be addressed,” she said.

“The fact is that I accepted this role because I believe in the promises of the Raiders, I believe in the future of the raiders and I believe in the residents of this community organization, honesty and, above all, the pursuit of excellence.”

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Morgan is the third woman and third African American to become president of an NFL team. She spent eight years in the city of North Las Vegas, where she was Nevada’s first black city attorney when she served in that position from 2013 to 2016.

“It did not escape me that this is a critical and decisive moment in the NFL. This is important to me, and I intend to make a meaningful contribution not only to the Raider family, ”Morgan added.

“And I’m happy to start. I had the opportunity to meet Dave Ziegler and Coach McDaniels and I know the experience and enthusiasm they bring will help this team build one of the best seasons in recent Raider history.”

Sandra Douglas Morgan speaks during the press conference at which she was named president of the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday, July 7, 2022 in Las Vegas.

Sandra Douglas Morgan speaks during the press conference at which she was named president of the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday, July 7, 2022 in Las Vegas.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

Mark Baden stepped down as president last summer. Dan Ventrell took office in July 2021 and assumed full-time duties in January. Ventrell was fired and told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he was fired in retaliation for reporting a “hostile work environment” to the NFL from several employees.

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Morgan’s husband, Don, played for the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals from 1999 to 2002.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.