- Tarrian Rodgers
Raiders make history hiring NFL’s first African American female team president
July 7th 2022 will be looked at as a groundbreaking day in NFL history as the Las Vegas Raiders hired the league's first African American female team president. Making historical hires are nothing new to the Raiders organization as they have a rich history of being a forward thinking team. The Raiders were the first team in the modern era of football to hire a black and hispanic head coach in Art Shell and recently inducted hall of famer Tom Flores. Raiders were also the first team to hire a female CEO in Amy Trask. The Raiders added to that historical legacy on Thursday hiring the first African American women team president in NFL history, hiring Sandra Douglass Morgan.
The Raiders team president job has been met with some controversy over the last year ,recently having to fill the role multiple times. Raiders former team president Dan Ventrelle claimed he was fired for coming forward to report to the NFL the toxic work environment within the organization. However, today was a huge win for the Raiders as Douglass Morgan looks to bring a new start for the Raiders.
“I’ve lived in Las Vegas for over 40 years,” Douglas Morgan said “My father is an Air Force veteran and retired at Nellis. I attended preschool here and did all of my schooling here and graduated from El Dorado High School. I think my community contacts here will assist a lot of our stakeholders and partners I’ve had to deal with, maybe in a different role as a regulator, but just as important here with the Raiders.” Douglass Morgan was a homerun hire for the Raiders organization not, only is she a Las Vegas native but her resume speaks for itself. Prior to changing the game in NFL administration, she was previously Nevada's first Black city attorney for the city of North Las Vegas and the first Black woman to chair the Nevada Gaming Control Board. So her well rounded business resume will definitely benefit the Raiders. Her ties to the gaming world would have caused some concern a few years ago, however the NFL has been more lenient on certain policies now they have a team based in Las Vegas. Another important tie for Douglass Morgan is her familiarity within NFL circles. Her husband Don Morgan played safety for four seasons with the Cardinals and Vikings. “Football has long been in my family,” Douglass Morgan added. “My husband is an NFL veteran. He was a strong safety for two teams I won’t mention because we’re all a part of the Raider Nation today.” As Douglass Morgan concluded her introductory press conference she left with this message "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."