Amy Trask: A fierce advocate for late Raiders owner Al Davis, she was the only female CEO in the NFL, a role she assumed in 1997.

Longtime CEO Trask resigns

Published: Sunday, May. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 8C
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 12, 2013 - 7:36 am

ALAMEDA – Amy Trask resigned from the Raiders on Saturday, ending her tenure as the only female CEO in the NFL and as one of the highest-ranking women in American professional sports.

A fierce advocate for late owner Al Davis, Trask found her role reshaped under Mark Davis, who took over for his father after his death in October 2011.

Since the arrival of general manager Reggie McKenzie in January 2012, Trask's primary duties were to generate revenue through marketing and ticket sales and help the organization in its quest for a new stadium.

The Raiders are in the final year of their lease at O.co Coliseum. Trask has publicly pushed for a new stadium on the current site, with no deal on the horizon.

In an email, Trask said, "Earlier today, I informed Mark Davis of my decision to leave the Raiders. 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 joined the Raiders in 1987 in the legal department with the team in Los Angeles and was named CEO in 1997.

The Raiders, who have restructured the football and business side of the organization since Al Davis' death, acknowledged Trask's departure with a statement on the club's website.

"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. The Raiders wish her the very best in her future endeavors."

Neither Trask nor Mark Davis could be reached for comment.

In the past six months, the Raiders interviewed Madison Square Garden president Scott O'Neal and NFL executive Ray Anderson for a leadership role on the business side of the organization.

Rookie minicamp – As far as rookies go, quarterback Tyler Wilson looked nothing of the sort Saturday as he displayed the poise and skills of a seasoned veteran in only his second practice as a Raider.

Wilson showed off a strong arm, repeatedly placing balls on target on swing passes, throws over the middle and well downfield.

"Obviously, picking up a new system, there's a little bit of rust there," coach Dennis Allen said of Wilson. "But throwing the ball, he's done a nice job. I don't have any question about his arm strength and his accuracy."

If anything, the receivers must adjust to the velocity on Wilson's throws. Several times, laser-like passes went through or off a receiver's hands.

Wilson, a fourth-round pick from Arkansas, arrived with a reputation for being bright, confident in his abilities and ready for any challenge.

It's not a stretch to envision Wilson playing well enough to move ahead of presumptive starter Matt Flynn and third-year player Terrelle Pryor at some point, even if he downplays the situation.

"It's an opportunity," Wilson said. "Obviously, there's a lot I have to learn. … I've got a lot of work to do to get up to speed because there have been veteran guys that have been here that are way ahead of me right now. So, I'm playing catch-up from that point."

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