Owner Al Davis died Saturday morning, but not before he helped map out a plan for the team’s future according to Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. Though there has been speculation that his wife, Carol, and son, Mark, would sell the controlling interest in the team once he died, that is not the case.
“The team will remain in the Davis family,” chief executive Amy Trask said Saturday night. “There is a succession plan in place in that regard.”
Carol and Mark Davis were grieving and unavailable for comment. Trask said there is “a good structure in place.”
Mark Davis probably will hire a general manager, but in the short term, Mark Davis will make football decisions, along with head coach Hue Jackson.
Al Davis had said control of the team would go to Carol and Mark when he died, and also mentioned in a 2006 news conference that former Raiders head coach John Madden might have a role.
“If something happened … to Al, I’m sure (Madden) would be someone that Carol Davis and Mark Davis would call, along with several others who have been Raiders most of their lives and still have a tremendous loyalty to it,” Davis said.