This week, Vince McMahon’s XFL appointed Oliver Luck as its new commissioner and CEO.
“The XFL will be a labor of love as I get to combine my experiences as a player and executive,” Luck told ESPN.com 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, the father of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, will relocate to Connecticut as he gears up for the league’s launch in 2020. That also means leaving behind his previous job with the NCAA, in which he oversaw eligibility requirements and academic affairs.
“I always felt there was an opportunity for another pro league as long as it had the key ingredients, and I found all those ingredients present in the new XFL,” Luck said. “There was the leadership and vision from Vince [McMahon] who is a tremendous entrepreneur with a solid track record and there is a potential to have good quality football if it is well capitalized, which of course it is.”
Here’s more from around the world of football:
- Colin Kaepernick’s lawyers are expected to subpoena President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as a part of the quarterback’s collusion case against the NFL, sources tell Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. The goal, sources say, will be to delve into the administration’s involvement with the NFL during Kaepernick’s free agency and the league’s handling of player protests. It remains to be seen whether Trump would comply with such a request, or whether he could be forced to participate. Already, Trump’s lawyers are fighting subpoenas in the Russian collusion probe.
- On this date in 2010, the 49ers traded Issac Bruce to the Rams. The move allowed the wide receiver to retire with his original franchise.
- This week marked an anniversary for another standout wide receiver. Terrell Owens inked a lucrative extension with the Cowboys roughly ten years ago today.