Blog Entry

Trask explains Raiders' vote

Posted on: July 21, 2011 10:52 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2011 11:37 pm
All but one club approved the NFL's proposed agreement for a settlement to the lockout, and can anyone guess who abstained? If you said the Oakland Raiders, go to the head of the class.

Of course, it was the Oakland Raiders. It's always the Oakland Raiders. If there was anything that was normal about Thursday, it was that the Raiders refused to sign off on the deal ... and now we know why. Because we asked team CEO Amy Trask.

"(Because of) profound philosophical differences, of both a football and economical nature," she said. "We have consistently expressed those views to the league. We're not reluctant to share our views, and we're also not reluctant to vote in the manner that we believe is in the best interests of the National Football League and to vote the courage of our convictions."

Trask could not be more specific, saying that the differences were "of a football and economic nature -- systemic issues in both regards," and, no, I don't know what that means, either. But I do know why the Raiders voted to abstain instead of oppose the proposed deal ... again, because we asked.

"We voted in the manner that we believe is appropriate," she said. "Look, we want football. This is not about not wanting the football season to start. Of course, we want football. And our organization has a tremendous, tremendous track record of the manner in which it has related to and taken care of players."

Category: NFL
Tags: lockout

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: July 22, 2011 3:00 am

Trask explains Raiders' vote

The Raider ownership seems to always abstain in these types of votes.  I think Coach Al had a chance to have his team "run through a wall" by voting no; however, by abstaining, all he did was buy himself a few sentences on some blogs on the major sports news web sites.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or