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Raiders Chief Exec Amy Trask Resigns After 26 Years With Franchise
Published May 13, 2013
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IN THE WORKS: In San Jose, Tim Kawakami wrote Trask’s departure “is not a surprise: Trask was an essential part of the former regime,” but Mark Davis, GM Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen have “moved the franchise on.” Her legacy is that in an “enormously difficult time, as the standard-bearer faltered, she kept the franchise from crashing … and directed the handover (financial and spiritual) to Mark Davis.” Trask was the “crisis manager CEO, the steward, and Al’s last trusted aide.” She “occasionally took heat inside the organization for a lot of things because she got involved in a lot of things.” Some blamed her for then coach Jon Gruden’s “stalled negotiations, the departure of several top execs, and the stadium stalemate (she strongly and logically favored a deal to share the Santa Clara stadium with the 49ers), among many troubled issues.” Kawakami: “But if anything, she was the one stuck in the muck when Al avoided or didn’t make a clear decision. He didn’t have middle-managers. He had her” (MERCURYNEWS.com, 5/11). PRO FOOTBALL TALK’s Mike Florio wrote Trask “always displayed genuine passion for the Raiders and for her work on the team’s behalf, zealously defending the fans against accusations of misbehavior and aggressively attempting to help the organization be viewed in a favorable light” (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 5/11). SI.com's Peter King writes Trask "took her role as a female trailblazer in the league seriously and mentored many young women who wanted to rise in the business." King: "I hope someone's smart enough to see how important a good, tough woman is to the bottom line of a sports franchise, and Trask is hired somewhere in the business soon" (SI.com, 5/13).