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Raiders CEO Trask resigns today

By Steve Corkran
Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at 3:13 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Long-time Raiders chief executive Amy Trask resigned today, she announced in an e-mail to reporters.
Trask said she informed Raiders owner Mark Davis today.
“Earlier today, I informed Mark Davis of my decision to leave the Raiders,” Trask said via e-mail. “Having honored a commitment that I made to effectuate a smooth transition and transfer of control, I no longer wish to remain with the organization.
“For over a quarter of a century, it was my honor and my privilege to work for the Raiders. I will forever appreciate the opportunity afforded me by Al Davis.”
Trask for a long time has been the highest-ranking female executive in professional sports, not just the NFL. Her departure continues a growing list of long-time employees that date to the Al Davis era that either were fired by general manager Reggie McKenzie, retired or opted to leave since McKenzie arrived early in 2012.
That lists includes the likes of senior executive John Herrera, scouts Jon Kingdon and Bruce Kebric, traveling secretary Scott Fink and Trask.
Trask did not respond to an e-mail seeking confirmation. Owner Mark Davis did not answer a call. The Raiders have not issued a statement about Trask’s resignation.

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  • PlunkforHOF

    1st

  • LondonAl

    2nd!

  • PlunkforHOF

    Well, I guess this answers my question.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    That is pretty heavy.

  • LondonAl

    Well I wonder what has transpired to lead her to resign?
    Good luck Amy.

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    My best guess: Mark told he’s bringing in Holmgren or Anderson or someone else and she could either report to this new team president or resign.

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    *told her he’s

  • http://www.waterfrontcomics.com john@waterfrontcomics

    Wow

  • Raiders for life

    That kind of sucks. I liked Amy. Good luck girl.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Our stadium chances took a blow with this.

  • 00tt00

    with AL gone there not so much legal work anymore

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    May 11th, 2013 at 3:25 pm
    Our stadium chances took a blow with this.

    ====================================

    Unless Mark’s bringing in a big-name team president.

  • mikeschoice

    Looks like its been in the works awhile… Hologram interview, and others as well as her statement she would stay for transition… Expect an announcement that mark has found executive.

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    Another thought: could this be a prelude to Mark selling out to Ed Roski?

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    good luck Amy..

  • tonedeezy

    thanks for everything Amy.

  • Raiders for life

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    May 11th, 2013 at 3:25 pm
    Our stadium chances took a blow with this.

    #####################

    Kind of makes you wonder if Amy was fighting the good fight and Mark has different plans.

  • LondonAl

    I am not keen on Holmgrem. Please let him go elsewhere.

  • RaiderLen

    Amy had the former Kings ear in all matters.

    The new King has other ideas.

    Maybe the new King is frustrated with the lack of progress on a Stadium?

    Regardless, thanks Amy.

  • lefty12

    Duck,did you see the pictures of Mark at the rookie camp?He is enjoying himself too much to sell.

  • RaiderLen

    If Holmgren ever lands in Oakland it will have NOTHING to do with the business side of operations.

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    New post.

  • oldschoolraider

    Apparently Mark had told Amy that her role with the organization would be “deminished”, she agreed to stay on till the transition was complete. Classy lady.
    The king is dead, long live the king.

  • LA Dave

    Bless you Raider fans in the Bay Area. You have been good, loyal fans thru the worst of times, but if you truly cared about the future of the franchise you would see that the Raiders moving to a place like LA would be the best thing that could happen.

    Would you rather your team play in a new stadium in the 2nd largest media market in the country and become financially viable again or flounder in the rear of NFL franchises in terms of profitability by staying in a place where they are going nowhere and a place where NOTHING IS HAPPENING as far as a new stadium goes?

    You want your team to keep playing on a damn baseball diamond?

    For those that say the Raiders have the support they need I have one word for you and it’s plural- TARPS!

    You loyal fans deserve better there’s no doubt. You go to the games, you buy the jerseys, you support the team but the problem is THERE AREN’T ENOUGH OF YOU.

    Raiders would be extremely lucky to have a shot in LA.

    This goes way beyond my own selfish reasons as I admit I would love them to be closer to my home, but more importantly it would elevate the franchise beyond the squalor of the Coliseum and an unappreciative local public.

    It probably won’t happen in LA although this recent news gives me hope that something POSITIVE may be in the works.

    Think of what’s best for the organization not how cool “Oakland” Raiders sound.

  • shutdown

    I consider this a shocker. I can see any exec who has earned her bona fides wanting to leave, eventually, any organization, but this–” I no longer wish to remain with the organization”–is NOT a sentence an exec uses in a letter of resignation if the parting is amicable.

    Now, only Mark has rule over Reggie. I can’t see how Reggie fits into this. Could be that Mark all along didn’t like what he saw from Trask when his dad was alive (after all, one has to ask, “How in the hell can anyone get along with Al Davis and stay working for him unless he or she is a ‘yes’ person or a sycophant” or whatever.)

    Mystified. Reggie’s job is football operations. Her job is business. The lack of a new stadium deal might have finally caused the break between Mark and Amy. He might have said, “Get it or else” and she might have said, “You’re a dope–you know nothing of business.”

    I don’t know if this is a loss or what. As always, mystery in Raiderland.

  • shutdown

    I should have added that Mrs. Davis and Mark have rule, not just Mark.

  • shutdown

    No, Holmgren’s skills would have nothing to do with Trask’s skills. She’s an attorney.

  • ChamorroRaider

    Amy,

    Loved having you in the family for all these years! You are the best!

    Peace!

  • shutdown

    I could buy the idea that Trask hung around as a favor to Big Al for a season or two. However, that line in the resignation is NOT the way one words things if all is friendly among the Davises and Trask.

  • RaiderSam

    Shutdown Says:
    May 11th, 2013 at 3:42 pm
    I consider this a shocker. I can see any exec who has earned her bona fides wanting to leave, eventually, any organization, but this–” I no longer wish to remain with the organization”–is NOT a sentence an exec uses in a letter of resignation if the parting is amicable.

    Now, only Mark has rule over Reggie. I can’t see how Reggie fits into this. Could be that Mark all along didn’t like what he saw from Trask when his dad was alive (after all, one has to ask, “How in the hell can anyone get along with Al Davis and stay working for him unless he or she is a ‘yes’ person or a sycophant” or whatever.)

    Mystified. Reggie’s job is football operations. Her job is business. The lack of a new stadium deal might have finally caused the break between Mark and Amy. He might have said, “Get it or else” and she might have said, “You’re a dope–you know nothing of business.”

    I don’t know if this is a loss or what. As always, mystery in Raiderland.

    ==================

    Not a loss, in that she was never really a “football person”, more of a business/administration type – and that role might’ve been stagnating due to a lack of progression on a stadium site and deal. Her memory will live on.

    The clear indicator was that retraction of seating (Mt Davis) – somebody had to go, as that was as obvious a sign that there was a failure to increase revenue stream. I don’t know if Ray Anderson or Holmgren is the answer, either.

  • RaiderSam

    Mikeschoice Says:
    May 11th, 2013 at 3:26 pm
    Looks like its been in the works awhile… Hologram interview, and others as well as her statement she would stay for transition… Expect an announcement that mark has found executive.

    ===========

    Hologram…LOL!!!

  • mikeschoice

    They’ve been interviewing team president candidates. Hologram obviously didn’t get it. Track is an attorney, not a CEO……..

  • mikeschoice

    LOL

  • Raidernationdave

    Member of the Raider organization for 25 years. She did great behind the scenes work. She’ll be missed.

  • Mickey Rat

    This is more an omen than anything else. I have a feeling that the Raiders might be headed out of town. Amy’s main job was to get another stadium, preferrably at the site of the current coliseum. Her departure, especially the wording used, makes me think that fell through. Los Angeles or possibly another city with incentives to move an NFL franchise might be calling and Mark Davis may be in the process of trying to get the best deal he can. I think he might even be more difficult to work for than his father.

  • Kirk

    Amy Trask is the best.

    God bless Amy.

  • http://www.CarsonTheSnakePalmer.com Random Drug Tester

    she was a “token”…just like many of the old regime put in place by Al…a la Herrara and any of the rest that had no credentials for being in positions of power and led to decades of futility

  • JLofty

    Thank you Amy Trask for your service and dedication to the Nation. Best of luck in future pursuits!