On June 5, 2018, Oliver Luck, a former NFL and NCAA executive and quarterback, was named the first Commissioner & CEO of the XFL. The new XFL kicks off in early 2020 and will deliver a fan-centric, innovative experience, including fast-paced games and a family-friendly environment, complemented by cross-platform viewing options and real-time fan engagement.
Earlier in his career, Luck served as President of NFL Europe and General Manager of the league’s Frankfurt Galaxy and Rhein Fire. Most recently Luck was the NCAA’s Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, reporting to NCAA President Mark Emmert, where he oversaw all NCAA regulatory functions including enforcement, academic and membership affairs, and the Eligibility Center.
Prior to the NCAA, Luck spent five years as the Director of Athletics at his alma mater, West Virginia University, and served on the institution’s Board of Governors in the two years before assuming that position. During his tenure at West Virginia, Luck presided over the school’s transition into the Big 12 Conference and served on the College Football Playoff selection committee and the Player Safety Advisory Panel for the National Football League.
Before his position at West Virginia, Luck served as the first president and general manager for Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo and led the organization to two MLS Cup titles. He also was the chief executive officer for the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority and played a crucial role in financing the construction and management of Reliant Stadium and bringing the NFL’s Houston Texans to town.
Luck was selected in the second round of the 1982 NFL draft by the Houston Oilers where he played until 1986. In advance of launching his professional career, Luck, a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, graduated from West Virginia University where he was a three-year starting quarterback, two-time Academic All-American, two-time team MVP and currently ranks sixth on the school’s all-time list for both passing yards and touchdowns. He is a member of the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and the St. Ignatius High School (Cleveland) Hall of Fame.
Luck earned his J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, graduating cum laude in 1987. He’s a member of the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame and CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame. Luck also serves on the Board of Directors of American Campus Communities, Inc., a publicly traded REIT (NYSE: ACC), the nation’s largest owner-operator and developer of student housing.
Luck and his wife Kathy have two sons and two daughters: Andrew, a former All-American quarterback, two-time Heisman Trophy finalist at Stanford University and quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts; Mary Ellen, a former volleyball student-athlete and a graduate of Stanford; Emily, also a Stanford graduate; and Addison, a soccer student-athlete at Yale.
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