Badain steps down as Raiders president

Marc Badain has resigned as president of the Las Vegas Raiders NFL American football team, with Dan Ventrelle to assume the role on an interim basis.

Raiders president Mark Davis confirmed in a statement yesterday (Monday) that he had accepted Badain’s resignation. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Ventrelle, who has been with the Raiders for 17 years and currently serves as executive vice-president and general counsel.

Badain first joined the Raiders as a summer intern when the team was still based in Los Angeles and played a key role in the Raiders’ relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas last year. The team played its first game at the 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium last September and Davis said that Badain’s efforts in helping to build the stadium will “never be forgotten”.

In a statement reported by NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, Badain said: “The successful construction and operation of Allegiant Stadium has been unequivocally the most challenging part of my 30 years with the organisation.

“Seeing it through to the end has been rewarding beyond measure. Together the Raiders and Las Vegas accomplished what seemed impossible. Now that the project is complete it is time for me to focus on my family and look ahead to new pursuits. I am forever grateful to MD (Mark Davis) for his unwavering support and friendship. I wish him and the Raider family the best. I will always feel a part of the team because everyone knows … once a Raider always a Raider.”

Badain had served as Raiders president since 2015 after initially holding the role on an interim basis following Amy Trask’s resignation. He previously served as the team’s chief financial officer and as Trask’s assistant.

On the appointment of Ventrelle as the Raiders’ interim president, Davis said: “He has been a primary part of the stadium project from its inception, a liaison with state and local officials, a lead negotiator on football matters, and a leader on the business staff. His experience on both the football and business sides of the organisation make him the best choice to lead the Raiders organisation at this time.”

The Raiders played at an empty Allegiant Stadium for the entirety of last year but the venue is set to operate at full capacity when the new season gets underway in September.

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