Longtime Raiders CEO Amy Trask resigns

5/12/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsAmy Trask stepped down as the Oakland Raiders’ chief executive officer on Saturday, ending her tenure as the only female CEO in NFL and one of the highest-ranking women in professional sports.
She was a staunch supporter and trusted advisor to the late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, but found her role with the team drastically reshaped under the new owner Mark Davis, who took over after his father’s death in 2011.The new management restructured the shape of the entire franchise – including coaching staff, scouting department and changes at other key front office positions.
Since the past six months, word was in the air that former Madison Square Garden president Scott O’Neil and NFL executive Ray Anderson had been interviewed by the Oakland Raiders for undertaking a leadership role with the team on the business front. Amy Trask confirmed the interviews in January and said she’d been part of the process. So the move doesn’t come as a surprise as both sides had been searching for a suitable successor to take over the job.
“I (have) informed Mark Davis of my decision to leave the Raiders,” Amy Trask released in a statement. “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,” continued the statement. “I will forever appreciate the opportunity afforded me by Al Davis."
Having joined the Oakland Raiders’ legal department in 1987, Amy Trask was a pioneer for women in pro sports management, climbing the stairs to occupy a role as the team’s CEO in 1997.
The Oakland Raiders released the following statement upon Amy Trask’s departure after 25 years with the organization.
"Mark Davis, Carol Davis and the rest of the Raider family would like to thank Amy Trask for her valued contributions to the Raiders over the past 25 years,” read the statement. “The Raiders wish her the very best in her future endeavors."
Since the hiring of general manager Reggie McKenzie earlier this year, the Amy Trask’s primary duties have included generating revenue through marketing and ticket sales as well as aiding the organization towards the acquisition of a new stadium. The Oakland Raiders have just a year remaining on their release at the Coliseum, and through Amy Trask has been set to task, the organization hasn’t accomplished much towards getting a deal done for a new stadium. In hiring a new CEO to replace Amy Trask, Mark Davis is expected to go with one whose focus will remain on securing a new stadium for the team.
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