The XFL Just Named The Commissioner Of Its League

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The NCAA executive vice president will be the commissioner and CEO of the XFL, multiple media outlets are reporting.

In his first-ever statement as commish, Luck says he's going to "reimagine" the game of football as the boss of the XFL - which will kick off in 2020 - and give fans a "dynamic version" of the sport.

8 teams will be selected to launch the league in 2020.

The XFL was searching for luck when it announced it would reboot a league that had collapsed in 2001, after just one season.

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"The XFL will be a labor of love as I get to combine my experiences as a player and executive", Luck told ESPN in an email. Luck, father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and a former signal caller himself, most recently was a high-ranking NCAA executive charged with overseeing that organization's regulatory functions.

He also played quarterback for the Houston Oilers and at West Virginia University, where he was inducted into the Mountaineers' Hall of Fame and later spent four years as athletic director.

"Vince and others have really looked clear-eyed at the original XFL and acknowledged there wasn't enough focus put on the game itself", Luck said. According to ESPN, he previously served as the president of NFL Europe and as the CEO of the Houston Sports Authority, which helped bring the Texans to Houston as an NFL expansion team in 2002.

Oliver Luck is leaving the NCAA. "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. The XFL will also establish a health, wellness and safety program that meets the needs of today's athletes".

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