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An all-hands-on-deck ticket plan

Leave it to Amy Trask to figure out a way for Raiders employees to spend their down time.

The Raiders CEO announced to club employees March 11 they would all become part of the ticket-selling department.

Sounds crazy on its face, but it beats being out of a job, furloughed or taking a pay cut.

It goes like this _ sell either season tickets or suite tickets (single game or annual) to reach or exceed 10 percent of your monthly salary and it’s all good. A person making $60,000 per year would need to sell $500 worth of season tickets per month. Trask points out that’s about two season tickets. The lockout has gone on for 10 weeks, but employees have until the first preseason game to meet their goals.

When I spoke to her today, Trask wouldn’t say what happens if someone doesn’t meet the quota, choosing instead to focus on the positive and believing that it was a “can do” plan.

Here’s a link to a Sports Digest lead I filed for Thursday’s Bay Area Newsgroup papers.

“To my knowledge, no one else is doing this,” Trask said. “that’s not to say it’s not happening somewhere in the world. I’m just not aware of it.”

On the first day of the plan Trask said an assistant coach sold five club seats. She declined to name the coach, and also declined to say whose idea it was to have everyone in the building _ including Trask and coach Hue Jackson _ become a seller for “new buyers.”

If it all seems to be a bit of a cluster-you-know-what, with no specific selling territories and sellers potentially working the same clients, the organizational philosophy, Trask said, is one of cooperation.

“There are a handful of people that may be intimidated by this, but what we’re trying to do is work with them and say, `Let’s help you accomplish your goals,’ ” Trask said. “How do we give you the tools and resources you need? Maybe someone has a great lead from their church or gym. We say, IL< give the lead to the ticket sales department, they’ll help you close that.”

The Raiders declined to make any assistant coaches available, but that didn’t stop defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan from talking to USA Today. Bresnahan apparently wasn’t the guy who sold the club seats, but wasn’t worried about meeting his quota.

“I’ve got to sell millionaires in a room every day to run and crash heads,” Bresnahan said. “So this is easy.”

The Raiders averaged just 46,431 in eight regular season home games last year with a season-ticket base of approximately 23,000, so there are plenty of seats available.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    You much don’t watch much football this is a VERY violent sport players do a lot of tsuff they shouldn’t do on every team.

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    I guarantee you over the last 10 years, I have watched way more football than you.

    I have had either lived in Vegas and watched 6 games at once, or had the Sunday Ticket.

    No other team plays rugged man to man coverage like us by our corners. They are bordering on illegal contact EVERY PLAY!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    I never seen the Sugar Bear hit, I wasnt’ born until 4 years later.

    Just always hear it described around the league as an iffy call.

    What happened in the 60′s, 70′s and early 80′s, I can’t speak for.

    But since I’ve been a fan (call it ’86 or so), I never thought we were at a disadvantage because of the refs, and I hate the excuse making you hear from people about them.

  • priesttj

    You listening to Jerry!!!!! really most good teams don’t have to overcome them because they don’t get them……period

    Listen most of the games the Raiders have won they had twice the # of penalties the opponent had. That goes for the past history as well as today. The Raiders have always HAD to deal with penalties the Pat’s don’t the Steelers don’t. And if you give me this crao about they don’t committ them I’ll call you a flat out liar.

    ALLL TEAMS CHEAT……..all of them.

  • priesttj

    Well if you’ve never seen it how in hell can you talk about it???? I saw the game LIVE he hit Snake upside his head. Now he didn’t mena to do it but he did it just the same.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    If you ain’t cheating, you aren’t trying.

    Go Raiders!

  • irjonny

    Those who don’t think this ticket thing is a good idea are seriously bonkers. You do understand that other teams are cutting salaries across the board because of the lockout right? oh probably not because you don’t care about NFL news, you only come to this site to infect others with your stupid opinions, get in stupid arguments and google some facts so other people think you are intelligent.

    Go Amy, Chuck Bresnehan said when he heard about this idea it was like christmas to him because cutbacks are everywhere during this lockout and now he has the chance to 1:help out the team to fill the stadium and 2:keep his current rate of pay because during a lockout there is no work to be done. I know this because i visit other news sites and care about the game and the raiders. Some of you people are absolutely clueless and deserve the projector treatment.

  • Just Fire Baby

    If your not cheating your not trying I always said.

    2009, 8 of the top 10 most penalized teams made the playoffs.

    2010, The two most penalized offenses, (Eagles-Raiders), were #3 and #6 in points scored.

    Penalties, have very little impact on a game, good or bad.

  • priesttj

    JFB I just read your comments about our corners playing man defense.

    Son you don’t know football…………..period

  • priesttj

    That’s not exactly true man penalties do have a affect on games it just determines if the team you’re playing is as good as you are. If you take two evenly matched teams penalties can kill you.

    Like I said you don’t know football…

  • Just Fire Baby

    You look at some of the least penalized teams last year, Dolphins, Bills, Redskins, and these are the teams that just drifted through half the season.

    Sometimes penalties are the result of just a little too much aggression, but I will always take too much over too little.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Like I said you don’t know football…

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    One man’s opinion.

    My predictions on here turn out a lot better than yours.

    Fact. Period. Print that.

  • Dakota

    49.Just Fire Baby Says:
    May 19th, 2011 at 8:11 am
    Dakota Says:
    May 19th, 2011 at 7:51 am
    I think the Raiders get fooooked all the time….the refs tried to take away the first KC win last year. Horrible calls.

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    Raiders down 3, with a minute to go, face a 3rd and 3 and throw an incomplete pass.

    KC called for defensive holding, automatic first down.

    The drive before KC gets called for a drive killing holding call, and they are forced to punt.

    Chiefs got called for 12 penalties that game (their season high)!!!!!
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    I can’t even remember what play it was that I was pissed about….but I remember seeing red and I think it was on a PI call late in the game against the Raiders.

    Throwing flags on blatant stuff, sure they have to do that, but the call on the Raider was totally unjustified. It isn’t the number of calls, it is the timing and the fact that the Raider did nothing to merit the flag.

    At least that is what I saw through my S&B colored glasses.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    This isn’t so much a forum for football fans as much as it is a forum for people who like to argue.

  • http://www.jerryisatwit.com MistaBrown

    This is a much better plan than pres purple lips cash for clunkers & cash for caulkers programs, hands down.

  • Dakota

    “If you are not cheating you are not trying”

    Really? I would love to go back in the archives to when Belichick was caught in the video tape incident and see what kind of comments you guys were making about cheating back then lol.

  • priesttj

    Sure they do JFB sure they do….LOL

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    JFB can’t pick his nose.

  • Just Fire Baby

    but the call on the Raider was totally unjustified. It isn’t the number of calls, it is the timing and the fact that the Raider did nothing to merit the flag.

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    Happens every week, in every game.

    Referring is an inexact science, which is often skewed by home teams/crowds, team trends, and at what point in the game it is.

    Even if there is this whole league-wide bias against us, complaining about it does no good. We won Super Bowls with it going on, so if Ted Hendricks wants to complain about it, fine, he has earned that right.

    But I don’t want to hear Quinton Groves complain about it. Man up and overcome it.

  • priesttj

    Doctor truer words were never spoken…..

  • irjonny

    The “if you aren’t cheating” mantra is for baseball and its true. For football it ruins the game

  • http://www.jerryisatwit.com MistaBrown

    This coming from the ingrate that rode JaMeatballs testes to the bitter end and then inexplicably thinks DHB’s still photos are a indicator of good things to come.

    lmao
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    Priesttj Says:
    May 19th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Like I said you don’t know football…

  • Just Fire Baby

    This isn’t so much a forum for football fans as much as it is a forum for people who like to argue.

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    I call it competitive conversation, and it is good for the mind and heart.

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    I call it a waste of time.

    Go outside and play.

  • http://www.jerryisatwit.com MistaBrown

    tj, if you know football Id like to submit to you the sky is green and pres purp lips isn’t a flunky marxist and the Raiders will sellout all 8 reg season games in 2012 even if there isn’t a season.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Wow, Al Davis has his coaches selling tickets….

  • priesttj

    What else are they doing right now?

    They’re drawing huge paychecks sitting around eating lunch all day.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Referrals, KoolKell, referrals.

    Amy said you can pass a quality lead upwards to the sales staff and get credit for it without actually closing it, lol.

  • priesttj

    they need to get a CBA and end this for everyone concerned the NFL is looking awwefully silly right now.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    22,000 season ticket holders, wow. I would imagine that Billboard took a bite out of them.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Raiders have the lowest attendance in the NFL. I wonder if the Dallas Cowboy coaches are charged with selling tickets right now?

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/attendance

  • http://www.jerryisatwit.com MistaBrown

    KK, why dont you take your wife to the barbershop and get him a haircut.

    If you dont purchase season tickets don’t raise the issue, you are part of the problem not the solution.

    Moron.

  • http://www.jerryisatwit.com MistaBrown

    tj, let me get this straight.

    You are predicting another breakout season for DHB even after he made a fool of you & your still photos last year?

    Do I have this 100% correct?

  • J Hill

    Priest,

    Every fan of every team thinks the refs are against them.

    Take the Bulls, lol.

    The 2nd qtr of last night’s game had all the Bulls conspiracy theorist out. Chicago up 8, Watson rips Chalmers, they dive for the ball, foul on Watson, lol! The same ref called another foul 2 seconds later on Watson. Same ref hits Deng for a foul on LBJ.

    Bottom line, Heat shooting FTs with 9 mins left in the qtr becauase of 1 ref. Even Reggie Miller called out the ref for making bad calls. Totally took the MO away from the Bulls who were on their way to running away with it.

    Of course the NBA didn’t want that, says Bulls fan, lol.

  • Dakota

    Hill Says:
    May 19th, 2011 at 9:54 am
    Priest,

    Every fan of every team thinks the refs are against them.

    Take the Bulls, lol.

    The 2nd qtr of last night’s game had all the Bulls conspiracy theorist out. Chicago up 8, Watson rips Chalmers, they dive for the ball, foul on Watson, lol! The same ref called another foul 2 seconds later on Watson. Same ref hits Deng for a foul on LBJ.

    Bottom line, Heat shooting FTs with 9 mins left in the qtr becauase of 1 ref. Even Reggie Miller called out the ref for making bad calls. Totally took the MO away from the Bulls who were on their way to running away with it.

    Of course the NBA didn’t want that, says Bulls fan, lol.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++

    But most teams have not been screwed out of 2 SB appearances and of course the chance to advance in the playoffs with the snow job game.

    Yes, they are out to get us whenever they can.

  • J Hill

    I can’t even remember what play it was that I was pissed about….but I remember seeing red and I think it was on a PI call late in the game against the Raiders.

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    There was a PI call against CJ on a 3rd dn that was just ridiculous. That drive ended up leading to a TD for the Cheifs.

    Then again, I recall the entire game being ref’d bad on both sides. A lot of head scratching calls.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Those two calls on Watson in the first 20 seconds of the 2nd was brutal.

    But the bigger question is, when did Watson start playing this fierce defense? He was a terrible defender on most nights with the GSW.

  • Dakota

    Only reason we were not screwed out of the three SB wins by strange late calls by the refs is because those games were blowouts by the end. Nothing they could do about it by then….but you get a close game we are screwed. No doubt about it.

  • J Hill

    Should we trade our next year’s #1 pick to the Eagles for Kolb?

    Personally, I wouldn’t have a problem with that.

  • priesttj

    Kolb trade for what?? Why would we do that??

    No one knows if this guy is as good as eevryone says he is. Andy Reid swears by him, but why wouldn’t he?

  • J Hill

    ….but you get a close game we are screwed. No doubt about it.

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    It only seems like we are getting screwed because of our inability to score. If were able to consistantly put points on the board, then the penalties wouldn’t be that big of a deal. Like you say, since the score is always close in games we play, it seems like we get screwed.

    Just like a say to Chicago fan, if Boozer doesn’t go Gasoft on you, then those 2nd qtr fould wouldn’t have mattered b/c you would’ve been up 15.

  • priesttj

    Jhill you guys just haven’t been through what I’ve been through with refs…….i’ll just put it that way.

    Every game is not going to demonstrate it, you have to have seen it over time.

  • Dakota

    Kolb? I was high on him prior to last year, but after watching him play he seems to have trouble getting the ball to the WRs….we already have captain checkdown(….or our WRs can’t get open….still trying to figure that one out.)

  • aig-raiders

    I’ll take Kolb over next year’s number 1 pick anytime. It will be a mid teens pick anyway and Al will prob choose some DB with speed.

  • J Hill

    Priest,

    IMO, QB is a HUGE question mark going into the season. And since JC has no contract beyond this year, who’s to say the powers that be want this guy beyond this year? He’s clearly on the on a 1 year try out this year, and the fall back plan is Kyle Boeller?

    That’s why.

  • Dakota

    90.J Hill Says:
    May 19th, 2011 at 10:13 am
    ….but you get a close game we are screwed. No doubt about it.

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    It only seems like we are getting screwed because of our inability to score. If were able to consistantly put points on the board, then the penalties wouldn’t be that big of a deal. Like you say, since the score is always close in games we play, it seems like we get screwed.

    Just like a say to Chicago fan, if Boozer doesn’t go Gasoft on you, then those 2nd qtr fould wouldn’t have mattered b/c you would’ve been up 15.
    ____________

    Well, I am discounting the past seven years…the refs have not felt the need to hurt us because the NFL’s worst GM Al Davis was doing it for them. The first KC game last year was the first game in a long time that I felt was an important stepping stone game and the refs tried to foooook us. I don’t mean that I think it happens in every game or every close game…..just important close games.

  • Just Fire Baby

    A #1 is too much for Kolb, IMO.

    I worry about his ability to stay healthy.

    Wasn’t he supposed to be the starter all last year, and he barely lasted a half of the first game before he got knocked out.

  • J Hill

    Dakota,

    Just looked at Kolb’s stats last year, and the game before the bye week against ATL he hit Maclin for 2 TDs and Jackson for 1.

    Lost to Tenn the following week.

    But you have to consider that this guy is playing with zero running game in Philly. Plug him into our offense as a game manager feeding off our running game, and you might have something.

    If JC was signed for a few years out, then I’d fill more comfortable. We are screwed if he doesn’t pan out.

  • http://www.jerryisatwit.com MistaBrown

    I would do that deal in a heartbeat.
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    J Hill Says:
    May 19th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Should we trade our next year’s #1 pick to the Eagles for Kolb?

    Personally, I wouldn’t have a problem with that.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    The way we drafted this year…I wouldn’t have a problem with giving the Eagles our 1st RD pick!

    Aig couldn’t have said it better…

    “It will be a mid teens pick anyway and Al will prob choose some DB with speed.”

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    You heard it here 1st!!

    Robert Gallery to the Patriots!

    CSN New England’s Tom Curran hears the Patriots “remain enamored” with free agent OG Robert Gallery.
    The report suggests Bill Belichick & Co. have been fans of Gallery for some time. Franchise player Logan Mankins should be locked in at left guard for one more year, and now-retired Stephen Neal’s right guard spot was presumed to be filled by versatile Dan Connolly. A Gallery signing would send Connolly back to the bench.
    Related: Patriots
    Source: CSN New England