The owners voted 31-0 in favor of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement on Thursday afternoon. The Raiders abstained.
Raiders CEO Amy Trask had this to say to the Bay Area News Group when tracked down at the owners meeting in Atlanta:
“We have profound philosophical differences on a number of issues — both of a football and economic nature. We have consistently expressed our views on these matters to the League. We voted in the manner we believe best for football.”
Trask did not elaborate on the nature of those differences. In the end, the Raiders refusal to vote had no impact on the outcome because only 24 votes were needed.
Several Raiders players took note of the Raiders refusal to vote, including safety Mike Mitchell.
Mitchell said via Twitter: “Man, I love Mr. Davis. Trendsetter. He never follows the crowd. Thats a true Raider!”