Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

National Football League star's father to serve as XFL Commissioner and CEO

National Football League star's father to serve as XFL Commissioner and CEO

"Oliver and I share the same vision and passion for reimagining the game of football", said XFL founder/chairman Vince McMahon in a press release. The pro-wrestling overlord's first attempt at an alternative to the NFL, in 2001, was marked by slapdash preparation and awful football, dooming it to a lone year of existence.

A formal announcement was scheduled for later Tuesday. According to reports, Luck has agreed to become the commissioner and CEO of the XFL, which is set to launch in less than two years.

Luck, 58, was the West Virginia University athletic director for four years before joining the NCAA in 2014. "It's been an incredible experience for me to work with some of the best administrators, faculty, coaches, staff, student-athletes, fans, media and alumni in the nation". Oliver Luck, the former Houston Oilers quarterback and the father of the Indianapolis Colts star.

The XFL is expected to launch in 2020. The XFL confirmed the news moments later on its Twitter account.

We are proud to announce that former #NFL and #NCAA executive and quarterback @OliverLuckXFL has been named the #XFL Commissioner & CEO.

"The XFL will be a labor of love as I get to combine my experiences as a player and executive", Luck wrote in an email to ESPN.

Oliver Luck is leaving the NCAA.

The league will feature eights teams with 40-man rosters.

McMahon has said his role as founder and chairman of the XFL would not affect his roles with the WWE - whether in the office or creatively.

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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