XFL Names Andrew Luck's Father, Oliver, Commissioner and CEO

Oliver Luck to be commissioner and CEO of XFL

"Football has been a constant in my life for 40 years", Luck said in a video released Tuesday by the XFL.

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

The new XFL will reimagine football for the 21st century when it kicks off in early 2020. In 2001, the XFL debuted to big ratings on NBC before viewership fell off sharply and the league folded after one season. The XFL is scheduled to launch in 2020.

"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, the father of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, played four seasons for the Houston Oilers after being drafted in the second round out of West Virginia in 1982.

We are proud to announce that former #NFL and #NCAA executive and quarterback @OliverLuckXFL has been named the #XFL Commissioner & CEO. He graduated from University of Texas law school in 1987.

"Oliver Luck has been a key member of my leadership team and he has done a superb job at the NCAA over the last three years", NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement.

Luck was also the first president and general manager of Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo, where he helped the team win back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007. "The XFL will also establish a health, wellness and safety program that meets the needs of today's athletes". There's a reported $100 million outlay by McMahon to start the XFL.

McMahon, with Luck running the football side of things, will now try to capitalize on the NFL's increasingly battered image, at least in part by appealing to the portion of the pro-football fan base that thinks players should stand during the national anthem.

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