LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Las Vegas Raiders named the primary Black feminine workforce president in NFL historical past on Thursday: Sandra Douglass Morgan.
For the Raiders, it isn’t the primary time the workforce is first the league in appointing feminine executives. Amy Trask made historical past because the first-ever feminine CEO of an NFL workforce when the Raiders (then of Oakland) gave her the job in 1997.
KTNV’s Dave Courvoisier interviewed Front Office Sports Reporter AJ Perez in regards to the new rent. A transcript of the interview might be seen under.
Dave: Raiders get a new president at the moment. How does it transfer the Raiders ahead not solely on the sector however from a personnel and a workforce tradition standpoint?
AJ: Kind of get again to their roots below Al Davis clearly, that they had Amy Trask as one of many first feminine executives they usually employed Art Shell as head coach again within the 80s. I feel this type of will get again to it. It additionally you already know, damage hiring Morgan with she has a sturdy observe file. Quite a lot of management skill. Also, background as a lawyer, I feel that is going to do a lot. She stated at the moment throughout that press convention that she’s not about sweeping something that is been alleged below the rug. And I feel that is going to be a good factor going ahead for the workforce and the group.
Morgan replaces Dan Ventrelle, who was fired in early May.
Dave: And she’s a native in order that’s a level of satisfaction for the group.
AJ: Yes, precisely. Her you already know, she went to grade faculty, she went to varsity at UNR, and legislation faculty at UNLV. She’s specifically spent the final 40 years of her life in Las Vegas. I feel that is enormous. She talked about it at the moment, 5 years in the past. Now there was actually no professional sports activities to talk of earlier than the Golden Knights got here to city and the Raiders and fairly easy how the f1 race and the most likely an NBA and MLB workforce. So I feel she’s seen this area develop and it is I feel she understands what the Raiders imply to town and the entire space.
Dave: How does this greater influence the league as a entire?
AJ: Yeah, I coated the congressional hearings a few weeks in the past the place Roger Goodell testified clearly that was in regards to the Washington commanders scenario and the allegations of that are extra prolonged, and extra critical so far as we all know now as what has been alleged towards the Las Vegas Raiders, however they have been pushing for extra various candidates for and hires from the teaching ranges on up. And I feel it is usually ignored. There are, you already know, they’re proper right here within the DC space. We have Jason Reitman, workforce president of the commander’s who’s black, however you already know these from we see the gamers we see the coaches however the entrance workplace outdoors of the workforce presidents and the VPs a lot of individuals do not see them day-after-day. And it has been a push during the last a number of years, not simply the NFL however different professional sports activities to make to make the entrance workplace’s mirror extra in regards to the space and the nation.
Dave: You know, I feel it is protected to say that a lot of individuals might not perceive what precisely an NFL workforce president does. I’ve heard that query within the newsroom at the moment. So what can be her duties?
AJ: Oh, it is the general workforce but additionally the enterprise facet of it. And I feel that is having three presidents during the last 12 months with this workforce. I feel she’s gonna be a stabilizing power. She has a background particularly as a litigator after which at her numerous fee posts for the Gaming Commission and such. I feel she has to she is aware of how that facet works and she or he is aware of the right way to take care of a lot of the issues that perhaps different workforce presidents, perhaps not her background is a little totally different. And I feel it is I feel that is gonna be a massive assist.
Dave: Do you assume this was strictly Mark Davis’s determination? Or did he have some assistance on this?
AJ: I feel it was Mark Davis, I feel I’ll house owners know, implicitly that they should do higher with range. I feel they do not should be informed that at this level, it has been hammered dwelling. Roger Goodell has confronted these questions each time he talks to reporters about totally different points in the case of teaching, head teaching, assistant coaches, coordinators, and different folks within the group past the soccer employees, if you’re speaking about VPs and even workforce presidents and people in command of groups know they should should do a lot higher in the case of making the folks beneath them mirror the group.
Dave: And particularly, there have been sexism and sexist accusations towards Mark Davis. Is this his method of answering the critics?
AJ: Yeah, I consider fellow a speaker that they’d go into a non-white male path for this rent. But I do not know if this was something that was compelled upon Mark Bills that he wants to do that to take the warmth off. Because proper now, there is no NFL investigation that we all know of. And the workforce has stated that the league is wanting into it, however they have not launched an unbiased investigation, like we have had with the commanders. So I do not assume if there was warmth on market, that is going to take it off, essentially. But I feel he simply employed the very best candidate he thought was on the market for this job. And her background, rising up in Las Vegas and dwelling in Las Vegas, for thus a few years needed to be a massive assist.
Morgan takes on the function throughout a little bit of a tumultuous time for the Raiders, between the scandalous departure of head coach Jon Gruden, arrests and legal citations of gamers, and reports that Ventrelle was fired for informing the league of complaints in regards to the working setting.
Dave: Hypothetical scenario, you are sitting in entrance of the new Raiders president at the moment, what would you ask her?
AJ: I’d the very first thing I’d ask can be how do you the way does she get the sirens proper. Again, the very first thing I’d ask is how are you gonna go about rebuilding the entrance workplace, and this has been so many departures during the last 14 months. And some for causes we do know, and a few for causes we do not. And how do you convey the employees collectively? Talking to all the workers which have seen the adjustments and clearly, there’s been a lot so I feel she has to get a deal with on the office tradition there. What went incorrect, what was going proper, and as effectively after which to determine a path ahead.