On Monday, Raiders owner Mark Davis suddenly announced that team president Marc Badain had resigned. The news shocked many outside the organization.
It also shocked many within the organization. Via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com, “the movement was met with shock in the organization.”
Badain addressed the transition in a text message to Gutierrez.
“The successful construction and operation of Allegiant Stadium has unequivocally been the most challenging part of my 30 years with the organization,” said Badain. “It has been rewarding to see it through to the end. Together, the Raiders and Las Vegas performed what seemed impossible. . . . I am eternally grateful for [Mark Davis] for his unwavering support and friendship. I wish him and the Raider family the best. I will always feel like part of the team because everyone knows it. . . . Once A Raider Always A Raider. ”
But no longer the Raiders president or even a Raiders employee after 30 years with the team. The timing and circumstances create real confusion, and they invite speculation that a story is lurking somewhere behind the official story. The mere fact that Badain left a month before the stadium, where he worked so hard to get built, will welcome full house for the first time, makes the whole situation even more foreign.