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NYTimes discovers Raiders Org. In shambles


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https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/13/sports/football/las-vegas-raiders.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

 

This is pretty bad. I mean, we all knew this to a small extent. But Mark better hire someone to get this into shape. Zeigler and Mcdaniels won't want to stay long if management remains like this. 

Good note, looks like Mark hired an audit firm to evaluate their structure and inner workings and that was the reason of the firings recently. Hopefully they assist him in a hiring strategy and root causes on what to tackle first. Either way, this looks to be making the national rounds and it would not surprise me if it started to blow up this summer (when NFL news is looking for stories to report on) ...this may be the juiciest thing for outlets to report.

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Just to be clear, things haven't stopped coming out. Last week the big question was "Well if Ventrelle was reporting there was distinction why hasn't anyone come out?" Well here they are. It's no coincidence to me that a few strange things regarding management of the team happened, then a few more, then a ruling, now actual employees are saying it. This is snowballing. Good note, is it doesn't seem to be anything more than incompetence, nothing criminally crippling. 

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Article is behind a paywall, what's the gist?

Mark Davis not knowing how to operate a business is not surprising. The Raiders have been a relic from the past forever. Moving to Vegas doesn't change that culture and mindset. 

Hopefully he can get the right people in place going forward to clean up decades of mismanagement and failed leadership. 

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Oh. That's wierd. I accessed it by logging into my Google account. I hope I'm not paying for something I don't know about 😂😂

Here's the gist: 

"In interviews with The New York Times, more than a dozen former employees, some of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because they signed agreements with the team prohibiting them from discussing their employment publicly, described numerous problems large and small. There were, they said, lax controls over how money was spent and how people were paid and even the bungling of the payment of its taxes over several years. Not long after its move, the team missed a payment for the electric bill in its temporary office, forcing the lights to be shut off."

 

"Employees who raised concerns over the team’s operations were often ignored or pushed out and given settlements and nondisclosure agreements to keep them quiet.

“If anyone complained, they were let go,” said Nicole Adams, who worked in the human resources"

 

"Several former employees who spoke to The Times said that Davis was rarely seen around the office. There was little oversight of expenses, employees said, and money was often disbursed without a clear accounting of where it was going."

 

"By some accounts, Davis began to take a closer look at the inner workings of his team last year. Two former employees said a management consulting firm was brought in to assess the organizational structure. And while it is not known precisely what Davis found, several top executives — Badain; Ed Villanueva, the chief financial officer; and Araxie Grant, the team’s controller — were soon gone."

 

 

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3 hours ago, big_palooka said:

Article is behind a paywall, what's the gist?

Mark Davis not knowing how to operate a business is not surprising. The Raiders have been a relic from the past forever. Moving to Vegas doesn't change that culture and mindset. 

Hopefully he can get the right people in place going forward to clean up decades of mismanagement and failed leadership. 

Actually it seems to me Mark was hands off until a couple of years ago and he hired someone who discovered all this and now he's cleaning house.

It seems moving to Vegas is changing the culture and the mindset.

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2 hours ago, raidr4life said:

Actually it seems to me Mark was hands off until a couple of years ago and he hired someone who discovered all this and now he's cleaning house.

IT seem moving to Vegas is changing the culture and the mindset.

Sounds that way reading this. Being hands off of the money as a business owner shows a lack of depth for how to operate the business, but that's Mark. 

This reads more like the inmates were running the asylum and work is being done to restore order.

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23 minutes ago, big_palooka said:

Sounds that way reading this. Being hands off of the money as a business owner shows a lack of depth for how to operate the business, but that's Mark. 

This reads more like the inmates were running the asylum and work is being done to restore order.

Yes you got to think the inmates been running the asylum for awhile, that started under AL Davis, as we all know his mind was bad the last few years or so before he passed away. People keep trying to throw blame at Marks feet, but he was the first one to say he won't act like he knows what he doesn't know, but he's been learning on the fly. He got this team to Vegas, a new stadium, tripled the teams value, now cleaning out the rif raf. Also purchased the Las Vegas Aces and put them on the map, all in really a short period of time since taking over. In the end he's going to have the organization running right, hiring the right people, no more AL Davis loyalty program.

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I have faith in Mark trying to do the right thing, he seems like that kind of person. He also seems like the trusting kind of person (borderline too much), however I'm not sure I have faith in his ability to find elite people to run his organization. We'll see, hopefully he finds someone

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1 hour ago, NickButera said:

I have faith in Mark trying to do the right thing, he seems like that kind of person. He also seems like the trusting kind of person (borderline too much), however I'm not sure I have faith in his ability to find elite people to run his organization. We'll see, hopefully he finds someone

I'm pretty sure he's calling Jerry Jones for advice.

Billionaires stick together

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3 hours ago, NickButera said:

I have faith in Mark trying to do the right thing, he seems like that kind of person. He also seems like the trusting kind of person (borderline too much), however I'm not sure I have faith in his ability to find elite people to run his organization. We'll see, hopefully he finds someone

That Vegas money hits different, he'd be smart to go outside the box and hire an executive from one of the casinos.

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21 hours ago, raidr4life said:

Yes you got to think the inmates been running the asylum for awhile, that started under AL Davis, as we all know his mind was bad the last few years or so before he passed away. People keep trying to throw blame at Marks feet, but he was the first one to say he won't act like he knows what he doesn't know, but he's been learning on the fly. He got this team to Vegas, a new stadium, tripled the teams value, now cleaning out the rif raf. Also purchased the Las Vegas Aces and put them on the map, all in really a short period of time since taking over. In the end he's going to have the organization running right, hiring the right people, no more AL Davis loyalty program.

A lot of that rif raf is the reason he was able to move the team to Vegas. He did literally none of the heavy lifting there. 

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12 hours ago, NCOUGHMAN said:

He’s the one I think goes down next if they get Washington guy

I think Goodell is trying to remove any obstacles from him having ultimate power in the NFL. There is absolutely no reason why he should get paid 60,000,000 a year the product sells itself. Probably using the New York Times as a tool to exaggerate everything that he wants to be in the news.

I have absolutely 0 faith in both Goodell and the New York Times.

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