The Three Best Replacements for Amy Trask as Oakland Raiders CEO

Old AccountSenior Writer IMay 20, 2013

Jun 5, 2012; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren talks to the media during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
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The Oakland Raiders continue to move forward as an organization under owner Mark Davis, who has made bold changes since his father Al Davis passed away.

One of those recent decisions was to limit the authority of longtime CEO Amy Trask, who ultimately decided to step away from the organization.

Trask's void leaves a vacancy at one of the more unique positions in professional sports. A CEO of a professional franchise goes beyond the personnel decisions that are made through the front office. The task is to generate profit and help make a respectable franchise that can be marketed.

The next CEO of the Raiders will face challenging tasks ahead, which is why there aren't many people who are up for the task to take this job. Questions continue to arise regarding the creation of a new stadium and whether or not that leads to a potential relocation to Los Angeles.

Thus, there are three candidates who could create a positive impact on the franchise moving forward.


Ray Anderson, NFL Senior Vice President Of Football Operations

Roger Goodell's right-hand man could become the next CEO of the Raiders, which would be a major blockbuster move.

Ray Anderson is the perfect man for the job, as his experience working with the NFL has helped him learn the business side of football operations. His ability to have strong connections within NFL head quarters would be a major positive for a franchise that has been hampered by losing seasons for the past decade.

The Raiders could pull the trigger with Anderson if they look at his qualifications. He might have impressed them earlier this offseason when he interviewed for a front office position.


Scott O’Neil, Former President Of Madison Square Garden

In terms of finding a candidate with prior experience in the business aspect, there may not be a better person for the job than former MSG president Scott O'Neil.  He displayed valuable experience as the leader of a large sports and entertainment organization located in the biggest media capital in the country.

The next CEO faces the challenge of improving ways to market the Raiders moving forward. O'Neil's experience with Madison Square Garden could make him a businessman capable of handling new stadium negotiations, regardless if it's in Oakland or Los Angeles.

Clearly, the Raiders envision the positive impact O'Neil could have on this franchise by interviewing him a a few months ago.


Mike Holmgren, Former NFL Head Coach And Executive

When it comes to discovering legitimate candidates for this position, the Raiders may be suited towards finding a CEO with more background experience in football than Mike Holmgren. If Davis displays the willingness to handle the business side moving forward, he could offer Holmgren plenty of power in the front office.

Although he did struggle in Cleveland, Holmgren could take a unique approach in this situation by keeping Reggie McKenzie in his role as general manager. As a result, Holmgren can collaborate with a young, rising general manager employed and bring stability back to this franchise.

The Raiders do appear to have interest in Holmgren, but they are better suited towards pursuing a CEO who displays backgrounds in both the business and day to day operations of the franchise.