Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

XFL to name Andrew Luck's father Oliver as CEO, commissioner

XFL to name Andrew Luck's father Oliver as CEO, commissioner

The XFL, to kick off in 2020, has found its commissioner and CEO in NCAA executive vice president Oliver Luck, who played in the NFL with the Houston Oilers and has been an executive in both the NFL and NFL Europe.

Announced earlier this year, the XFL is another attempt to re-imagine the game of football, with the official launch of the league coming in 2020.

It's not a gimmick. The XFL previously existed for just one season back in 2001. In Indianapolis, he was near his son Andrew, quarterback of the Colts.

"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.

Luck appeared in a video saying that he's thrilled to have the opportunity to reimagine football, and that fans can expect a fast paced, high-energy, simpler game.

From 2010-14, Luck worked as the athletic director of his alma mater, West Virginia University.

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

Oliver Luck is leaving the NCAA. He's also held high-level posts with Major League Soccer and the Houston Sports Authority.

Plans for the XFL at launch include eight teams, 40-man active rosters and a 10-week regular season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game. There's a reported $100 million outlay by McMahon to start the XFL. "The XFL will also establish a health, wellness and safety program that meets the needs of today's athletes".

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. We will build strong grassroots relationships with local organizations in our Host Cities through social responsibility partnerships, and the XFL will enjoy the support of WWE's many extraordinary resources and promotional capabilities.

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