Just as President Donald Trump uninvited the NFL Super Bowl Champions from the White House, professional wrestling mogul Vince McMahon named NCAA executive Oliver Luck as the new commissioner of the XFL, according to Fox News. The alternative football league is being rebooted, with a launch in 2020. McMahon is reportedly investing $100 million into the new effort. (RELATED: Trump Cancels Super Bowl Champion Eagles’ Visit – Taunts NFL Players for Kneeling During National Anthem).
Luck is a former NFL quarterback and father of Indianapolis Colts star Andrew Luck and will start his job on July 1. Luck was the West Virginia University athletic director for four years before joining the NCAA in 2014. As executive vice president of Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, he helped the organization investigate possible NCAA infractions. He also was the first president and general manager of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo.
Luck made it clear that there will not be any kneeling during the National Anthem or any hiding in the football locker rooms. Luck opined, “We respect individual freedoms. But we will require our players to stand for the national anthem.” (RELATED: Philadelphia Eagles Fans Support President Trump’s Decision to Rescind Team Invite).
Luck is excited to rebuild a football league in the way fans want it: “Opportunities like this come along very infrequently. You’ve got Vince, who is a visionary. A well-capitalized effort. A guy who has passion for the game, but realizes that there are others who have lived and breathed the game for decades who he was able to bring on board.”
As for the reboot, he noted that the XFL will develop great football, which he said is “one of the failings of the original league.”
McMahon reinforced this hard-line stance on National Anthem rules during the July launch announcement. Luck made it clear that he agrees with McMahon and the XFL will be about football… not politics.
The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
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