NCAA loses executive vice president Oliver Luck to Vince McMahon’s XFL

Oliver Luck says XFL players will stand for the national anthem

As the XFL continues to prepare for its relaunch in 2020, the returning league has announced Oliver Luck has been named the Commissioner and CEO of the XFL.

Luck, 58, was the West Virginia University athletic director for four years before joining the NCAA in 2014. "The XFL will create first-class organizations that local cities across the country will be proud of". 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 was also the first president and general manager of Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo, where he helped the team win back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007.

The father of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is no stranger to the sport or startup football leagues.

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The XFL plans to have eight league-owned teams, 40-man rosters and a 10-week regular season schedule while the NFL is in its offseason. "We want really good football, and I think that's what fans want as well". McMahon is building the XFL with the same commitment and resolve that he has demonstrated building WWE into a global media and sports entertainment powerhouse.

He noted games will be affordable for the entire family, and that just last week the league submitted their proposal to 30 markets across the US.

The XFL's biggest early headline, other than a pleading tweet from wayward quarterback Johnny Manziel, came when McMahon stated overtly that anthem protesting wouldn't be allowed. "The XFL will also establish a health, wellness and safety program that meets the needs of today's athletes".

He said that the XFL will allow him to reimagine how football is played on the field and delivered to fans.

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