Oliver Luck leaving NCAA to become XFL commissioner

Jo Caldwell
June 6, 2018

"Oliver and I share the same vision and passion for reimagining the game of football", McMahon said in a statement. In the late 1990s, he served as the president of the World League of American Football, which he assisted in rebranding to NFL Europe.

A formal announcement was scheduled for later Tuesday.

The XFL is slated to launch its first 10-week regular season in January of 2020.

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Prior to the NCAA, Luck spent four years as the Director of Athletics at his alma mater, West Virginia University, where he presided over the school's transition into the Big 12 Conference. "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". He is also the father of Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck. Last month, the league's owners instituted a new anthem policy: Players no longer are required to be on the field during the playing of the national anthem, though they may be punished by their teams and the league if they protest publicly during the song. The XFL confirmed the news moments later on its Twitter account.

Luck will start his job with the XFL on July 1.

The XFL's lone season happened in 2001, and was a project from NBC and the WWE.

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"Football has been a constant in my life for more than 40 years, and I am thrilled to have the unique opportunity to reimagine the game", Luck said.

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"Each contest will be a high profile event with tens of thousands of fans, featuring innovative elements that bring them closer to the players and the game they love".

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