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

"Oliver and I share the same vision and passion for reimagining the game of football", McMahon said in a statement. "His experience as both an athlete and executive will ensure the long-term success of the XFL". "The XFL will create first-class organizations that local cities across the country will be proud of".

Announced earlier this year, the XFL is another attempt to re-imagine the game of football, with the official launch of the league coming in 2020. There will be 8 teams (40-man rosters) at the start of the January 2020 season.

According to a report from ESPN, Luck will leave his leadership role at the NCAA, where he oversaw the organization's regulatory functions, including eligibility requirements, academic affairs, and the eligibility center.

He said that the XFL will allow him to reimagine how football is played on the field and delivered to fans. In 2001, the XFL debuted to big ratings on NBC before viewership fell off sharply and the league folded after one season. The league is remembered for its unique set of rules, sexually-suggestive cheerleaders and for losing $70 million. He was later president and general manager of the Houston Dynamo, leading the franchise to two MLS Cup titles.

The XFL regular season will feature 10 games, followed by two playoff games and then the championship. 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. "The XFL will also establish a health, wellness and safety program that meets the needs of today's athletes". "All of those combined led me to believe the key ingredients to a successful launch are there to deliver great football, which I think was one of the failings of the original league". In this agreement, the WWE was listed as a minority owner of Alpha and that it granted the new company use of the XFL's name and pre-existing trademarks.

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