Oliver Luck is the new commissioner and CEO of the XFL, the league announced on Tuesday.
The former West Virginia athletic director will oversee the new professional football league, which begins play in 2020. He joins the XFL after working at the NCAA as executive vice president for regulatory affairs since 2015.
“Football has always been a constant in my life and I’m excited about the unique opportunity to present America’s favorite sport to fans in a new way,” Luck said. “The XFL will create first-class organizations that local cities across the country will be proud of.”
Before his stint with the NCAA, Luck served as West Virginia’s AD from 2010-2014. He oversaw the athletic program’s move from the Big East to the Big 12, and hired current football coach Dana Holgorsen.
XFL founder and chairman Vince McMahon raved about the hire in a media release.
“Oliver and I share the same vision and passion for reimagining the game of football,” McMahon said. “His experience as both an athlete and executive will ensure the long-term success of the XFL.”
The XFL intends to take advantage of the national popularity of football by holding its season during the NFL’s offseason.
From the XFL:
Delivering authentic, high energy football for the whole family at an affordable price, the XFL will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules. The league will launch with eight teams, 40-man active rosters, and a 10-week regular season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game. 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. The XFL will also establish a health, wellness and safety program that meets the needs of today’s athletes.