The newly relaunched XFL, a personal project by WWE CEO Vince McMahon, has a new commissioner and a new rule.
Oliver Luck, who is the father of NFL quarterback Andrew Luck and a former employee of the NCAA, has been announced as the commissioner of the league, which is scheduled to start play in 2020. Luck recently spoke to Mike Freeman from Bleacher Report, and confirmed something that McMahon alluded to during the original unveiling of the new (old) league.
“We respect individual freedoms, but we will require our players to stand for the national anthem,” Luck said. “People don’t want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained. We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time.”
McMahon didn’t outright promise that players would be forced to stand when he announced the XFL would return, but suggested that standing “would be appropriate.” The original XFL ran for one season in 2001, and lost McMahon and NBC millions of dollars.
“Oliver and I share the same vision and passion for reimagining the game of football,” McMahon said in a statement to ESPN. “His experience as both an athlete and executive will ensure the long-term success of the XFL.”
Luck also previously worked for NFL Europe and the Houston Sports Authority, which is a group that helped the Houston Texans join the NFL as an expansion team in 2002.