NFL Raiders make historic hire with Sandra Douglass Morgan

The Las Vegas Raiders named Sandra Douglass Morgan as team president on Thursday, making her the first Black woman to hold that role in the NFL.

“It is the honor of a lifetime to join the Raiders at one of the most defining times in the team’s history,” said Morgan, a Las Vegas native. “This team’s arrival in Las Vegas has created a new energy and opportunities we never dreamed possible. I look forward to taking this team’s integrity, spirit and commitment to excellence on the field into every facet of this organization.”

Morgan, an attorney and former Nevada Gaming Control Board chairwoman, fills a position that has been vacant since interim president Dan Ventrelle was fired in May.

“I am thrilled that Sandra has agreed to join the Raiders family,” said Raiders owner Mark Davis. “Her experience, integrity and passion for this community will be invaluable to our organization. From the moment I met Sandra, I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. We are extremely lucky to have her at the helm.”

The Raiders have a history of breaking gender and color barriers in the NFL, including the hirings of the league’s first Hispanic head coach (Tom Flores) and first Black head coach of the modern era (Art Shell).

Former CEO Amy Trask became the first woman to hold that role in the NFL in 1997.

–Field Level Media

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