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Oliver Luck to be commissioner and CEO of XFL

06 June, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Oliver Luck left is leaving his post at the NCAA to join the XFL

He said he wants to deliver great football, which he said has been "one of the failings of the original league".

A few months ago Vince McMahon made a shocking announcement when he revealed that the XFL will be returning in 2020. He left in 2014 to become the NCAA's Executive Vice President for Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, a position that investigates potential NCAA violations. Before joining the NCAA, he spent four years as athletic director of West Virginia, orchestrating the school's move to the Big 12.

Luck, who is a former NFL quarterback and father of Indianapolis Colts star Andrew Luck, will start his new gig July 1 with the league set to launch in 2020.

He will now relocate from Indianapolis to the XFL's headquarters in CT as he prepares for the league's launch in 2020.

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"The XFL will be a labor of love as I get to combine my experiences as a player and executive", Luck told ESPN in an email. According to ESPN, he previously served as the president of NFL Europe and as the CEO of the Houston Sports Authority, which helped bring the Texans to Houston as an NFL expansion team in 2002.

The league will feature eights teams with 40-man rosters. "I am excited to present a dynamic version of America's favorite sport".

McMahon, the XFL's founder and chairman, confirmed Luck's hiring in a Tuesday, June 5 news release. He pledged shorter games and an affordable family experience with teams that fans can have pride in.

McMahon, with Luck running the football side of things, will now try to capitalize on the NFL's increasingly battered image, at least in part by appealing to the portion of the pro-football fan base that thinks players should stand during the national anthem.

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