Las Vegas Raiders hiring Sandra Douglas Morgan ingrains their names in the history books forever. Morgan is the first Black woman to hold that title for an NFL franchise, reported ESPN. She was born and raised in Las Vegas and has worked for the Raiders previously as chairwoman and executive director of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Sandra Douglas Morgan also served as the director of external affairs for AT&T. It appears she’s well equipped for the position, as a position of power or demand is nothing new to Morgan. Naturally, the Raiders appear to be happy with their decision and support her wholeheartedly.
“I am thrilled that Sandra has agreed to join the Raiders family,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “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.”
Las Vegas Raiders Throughout History Breaking Barriers
While many may not know, this is not Morgan’s first time making history. In fact, she was also the first person of color to chair the Gaming Board. However, the Raiders have been following this similar pattern or routine over the past several seasons. In the past, the Raiders hired Tom Flores who was the first Hispanic HC to win a Super Bowl title. Also, former coach Art Shell was the black HC of the NFL’s Super Bowl era.
She’s honored that she was chosen to make history but she explains that she also hopes she’s not the last. Morgan wishes to set a precedent and open the floodgates for other minorities to gain similar opportunities she has.
“I definitely never want to be the last,” Morgan said, “and I want to get to a point where there are no more firsts.”
She continued, she emphasized leadership and being as transparent as possible throughout her press conference at Allegiant Stadium.
“We have so much more to do, and I’m excited to be at the helm of that growth and look forward to ushering in the new chapter for the Raiders,” Morgan said. “The fact is I have accepted this role because I believe in the promise of the Raiders, I believe in the future of the Raiders, and I believe in this organization’s tenets of community, integrity and, most of all, commitment to excellence.”
Sandra Douglas Morgan’s Future Goals for the Raiders
Sandra Douglas Morgan understands the hardship the organization has gone through over the past several months. She plans to not hide from situations that need to be addressed! Morgan hopes to shift the focus of the organization in the right direction. There have been egregious allegations centered around the former employee, Dan Ventrelle. After being fired, he went on a Las Vegas review and reported that he was fired in retaliation for saying their working environment was “hostile”.
“It’s no secret that this organization has faced some recent challenges, but I want to be clear, I am not here to sweep anything under the rug or avoid problems or concerns that need to be addressed,” Morgan said. “It is not lost on me that this is a critical and defining moment in the NFL.”