Marc Badain, Raiders employee since 1991 and franchise president since 2013, resigned Monday. A key figure in the franchise’s move from Oakland to Las Vegas, Badain resigned with just over a week before the Raiders 2021 training camp started. Badain will be replaced on an interim basis by Dan Ventrelle, who passed 17 years with the organization, most recently as Executive Vice President and General Counsel.
Badain started his career with the Raiders as an intern. He eventually became the team’s CFO and assistant to former CEO Amy Trask. Badain was named interim team president after Trask retired in 2013. Raiders owner Mark Davis lifted the interim tag in 2015. Davis praised Badain’s role in helping Raiders to secure a new stadium when the franchise decided to leave Oakland.
“The successful construction and operation of the Allegiant Stadium has been unequivocally the most difficult part of my 30 years with the organization”, Badain wrote Monday evening, via Adam Schefer from ESPN. “Seeing him through was gratifying beyond measure. Together the Raiders and Las Vegas accomplished what seemed impossible. Now that the project is over, it’s time for me to focus on my family and to turn to new activities. … Once a Raider always a Raider. ”
“His efforts to help build the most magnificent stadium in the sports and entertainment capital of the world will never be forgotten,” Davis wrote in a statement.
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Davis also praised Ventrelle’s role in helping the Raiders move towns for the third time in franchise history.
“It has been a vital part of the stadium project since its inception,” Davis said of Ventrelle. “His background in both football and organizational affairs makes him the best choice to lead the Raiders’ organization at this time.”
Last season marked the Raiders’ Las Vegas premiere. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Davis has chosen not to let fans attend games inside Allegiant Stadium until full capacity crowds are allowed to attend the games. On the pitch, the Raiders have just completed an 8-8 season under coach Jon Gruden, who remains in search of his first winning season since returning to the sidelines in 2018.