Originally published on SBReport.net on May 12, 2013
Longtime Raiders executive Amy Trask made a shocking move on Saturday as she sent out an email stating her resignation from the organization. She most recently held the title of Chief Executive Officer.
Trask's resignation marks yet another departure of the "old regime" that worked under iconic owner Al Davis. Since Davis passed away on Oct. 8, 2011, the organization has the departure of many of Davis' longtime, trusted employees during the overhaul.
Davis first hired Trask in 1987 and later became the first female executive in the National Football League and she remained the only female CEO in the NFL.
Trask has been a longtime fan favorite for her openness to the Raider Nation as she would often greet families and members. Her personable mentality towards fans earned her great respect amongst Raider fans. Trask also defended the fan base during times of accusations of a violent attitude by outsiders. Trask has aimed to make games more family friendly and even was a part of the team lowering ticket prices to make them more affordable to larger families.
Trask was also instrumental in the Raiders' attempt to get a new stadium build in Oakland. With their lease ending at O.Co Coliseum after next year, Trask previously stated that it was the Raiders "hope, their desire to get a new stadium on that site," meaning the site that the current stadium is built on.
Her departure marks the necessity to add yet another new employee to the Raiders organization which is currently ran under Al's son, Mark Davis.
The organization interviewed numerous candidates last season to fill a leadership role in the front office, and the organization could look back at these candidates as a replacement for Trask. Davis and the front office previously looked at former Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren, Madison Square Garden president Scott O'Neal, and NFL executive Ray Anderson. It remains to be seen who the organization will target but it seems they would do it sooner than later to give them a chance to get comfortable before the season starts in September.
The Raiders made a statement on Raiders.com regarding the resignation of Trask:
"Mark Davis, Carol Davis and the rest of the Raiders family would like to thank Amy Trask for her valued contributions to the Raiders for the past 25 years. The Raiders wish her very best in her future endeavors."