Aug 11, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders chief executive officer Amy Trask watches practice before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at the O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask Resigns


Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask has resigned from her position, according to ProFootballTalk. 

Regarded as the most powerful woman in the NFL, Trask became the first and only female Chief Executive in league history with the Raiders when Al Davis hired her in 1997.

Today, she decided to step away, describing:

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Trask had been working to build a new stadium for the Raiders to replace the outdated Coliseum.

In an interview with Sports Business Daily in 2008, Trask said she tried not to make gender an issue:

I have a firm belief that if I don’t want my gender to be an issue,” she said.  “So I simply choose not to think about the issue of gender.

She was one of the Davis’ most trusted executives, and has been part of the Raiders for 25 years.

“People perceive me as a business person who works in the business of football,” Trask told Bloomberg back in 2010. “I perceive myself as a football person who, because of gender or size, finds myself making my contribution in the business side of things. Football was what I wanted to do, business was my way of making it happen.”

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