Raiders owner Mark Davis revamps front office with three new executives in new restructured business operations


By Alan Snel from LVSportsBiz.com

The Las Vegas Raiders have hired a trio of new front office executives to oversee the team’s business operations in a new, restructured lineup under the leadership of team owner Mark Davis.

The Raiders’ new business team includes the hires of Michael Crome as CFO, Kevin Manara as general counsel, and former stadium board consultant Jeremy Aguero as director of operations and Raiders analysis.

Crome, Manara and Aguero report to team chairman Dan Ventrelle, who took over from former chairman Marc Badain in July when Badain and two other Raiders’ financial executives left, according to Davis in published reports, due to accounting irregularities.

Raiders president Dan Ventrelle. Photo: Daniel Clark / LVSportsBiz.com

The Raiders front office restructuring includes the departure of Senior Vice President / Revenue Director Mark Shearer. He has spent over 22 years with the Raiders, the last seven as chief revenue officer and seven years previously as vice president of business development.

It should be noted that Shearer’s departure is unrelated to the financial irregularities issue cited by Davis in the published reports.

Manara is a former NFL lawyer who has been involved in labor relations and politics for 13 years.

Aguero is the former director of Applied Analysis, based in Las Vegas, who was hired by the Las Vegas Stadium Authority as a consultant to guide his meetings and monitor the progress of construction of the Allegiant Stadium. Aguero also worked with Ventrelle on state legislation that created the funding mechanism to pay the public contribution of $ 750 million to help build the 62,000-seat Raiders dome stadium. State lawmakers approved the bill in a special session in 2016 before former Gov. Brian Sandoval enacted it.

Stadium Authority Chairman Steve Hill watches former authority consultant Jeremy Aguero. Photo: Daniel Clark / LVSportsBiz.com

Crome is a former corporate executive at Pinnacle Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment. Out of the office, Crome is known to have run seven marathons in seven days across seven continents.

Aguero left Applied Analysis at the end of October and started with the Raiders earlier this month. He is very familiar with the functioning of the stadium as he contributed to the development of the state bill which created the increase in the tax on hotel rooms which finances the public contribution and followed the development of the stadium for the public stadium board.

LVSportsBiz.com today joined Aguero, who said he shares Davis’ vision for the Raiders role in the Las Vegas market.

Jeremy Aguero, Director of Operations and Analytics for New Raiders. Photo: Daniel Clark / LVSportsBiz.com
Raiders owner Mark Davis

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What’s interesting is that the Raiders don’t have a marketing director, a commercial position that is typically expected in most major league sports teams.

Additionally, the restructuring of the team’s front office comes at a time when the Raiders are also facing major changes on the pitch. Insulting emails from former coach Jon Gruden led to Gruden’s resignation last month, as the team dropped two 2020 first-round picks in the past seven days – Henry Ruggs III and Damon Arnette – due to their extreme behavior off the pitch.

Jon Gruden

The Raiders have had an eventful season, with five wins in eight games. The team won two thrilling overtime games against Baltimore and Miami at Allegiant Stadium while playing solid in decisive wins over Denver and Philadelphia. But the Raiders’ three losses included disappointing and lackluster performances against Chicago at home and the New York Giants on the road on Sunday.

The Raiders play one of their biggest games of the season on Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Allegiant Stadium for a nationally televised Sunday night football game.

Photo: Tom Donoghue

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