Oliver Luck tabbed as XFL commissioner, CEO

Oliver Luck smiles as he walks on the sidelines at FedEx Field on Sept. 3, 2017.Photo Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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Oliver Luck was named the commissioner and chief executive officer of the XFL, the league announced Tuesday.

Luck is a former NFL quarterback, ex-president of NFL Europe and the father of Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts. The 58-year-old will leave his leadership role at the NCAA, where he oversaw the organization’s regulatory functions, including eligibility requirements and academic affairs.

“Oliver and I share the same vision and passion for reimagining the game of football,” XFL founder and chairman Vince McMahon said in a statement. “His experience as both an athlete and executive will ensure the long-term success of the XFL.”

Luck will relocate from Indianapolis to the XFL’s headquarters in Connecticut as he prepares for the league’s relaunch in 2020.

“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. “I’m thrilled to have this unique opportunity to reimagine the game that has been a constant in my life for 40 years.”

Luck played quarterback for the then-Houston Oilers from 1982-86 after a successful stint at West Virginia University, where he was inducted into the Mountaineers’ Hall of Fame and later spent four years as athletic director. He was also the first president and general manager of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo.

The XFL’s first run in 2001 lasted just season and reportedly lost as much as $50 million.

The league, which is expected to field eight teams, will begin play in January or early February in 2020, with a 10-game schedule. Four teams will advance to the playoffs.

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