XFL League Front Office
The XFL doesn’t operate like other professional sports leagues. That’s the point. The league is trying to separate itself from the constraints of antiquated regulations and expectations. The XFL wants to shake the dust off of outdated league models and produce a product that is fresh and innovative and moves along at a brisk pace.
There are no individual team owners in the XFL. The XFL and all its teams are owned by Alpha Entertainment, which is owned by Vince McMahon. If the league wants to expand and add additional XFL teams, it is the responsibility of the XFL to set up the team with the city, arrange for the use of a stadium, and hire the general manager/head coach to fill the front office and coaching staff for each team.
McMahon has assembled an outstanding group of executes to usher the league into prominence. These individuals bring experience from the management offices of many different sports leagues and entertainment companies. Alpha Entertainment is betting on the XFL to be a big hit with football fans and betting fans alike.
Vince McMahon – Owner
Vincent Kennedy McMahon is the owner of Alpha Entertainment, the company that owns the XFL. McMahon is most famously known as the chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), formerly the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
Others may know McMahon as his on-air personality on WWE programming, a billionaire egomaniac with violent tendencies. One thing is for sure, McMahon is prepared to go to the mat when it comes to making the XFL a financial success.
During the XFL’s first attempt in 2001, McMahon co-owned the XFL with NBC Sports, ensuring that the XFL games would receive national television coverage. For the 2020 XFL, McMahon is the sole driving force being the financial side of the league.
One aspect that hurt the previous attempt at the XFL was the lack of front office personnel with executive football experience. The same cannot be said this time around as McMahon has surrounded himself with a front office staff that would rival any professional sports league or team.
Oliver Luck - Commissioner / Chief Executive Officer
Oliver Luck is probably best known these days for being the father to former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. However, Oliver was a heck of an athlete in his day as well. After a stellar career as a quarterback at West Virginia University, Oliver was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the second round of the 1982 draft.
Things didn’t go as planned with the Oilers, and after spending a few seasons as Warren Moon’s backup, Luck retired from playing football. In the early 1990s, a new professional football league began operations as the World League of Professional Football, where Luck served as the general manager for the Frankfurt Galaxy and the Rhein Fire.
In 1996, the WFL became NFL Europe, and Luck was hired as the president of the league. Luck has held many executive front office positions in the realm of sports that has encompassed the professional, collegiate, and political arenas. He is the right person to lead the XFL into prosperity.
Doug Whaley - Senior Vice President, Football Operations
After a standout career as a defensive back at the University of Pittsburgh, Doug Whaley set his sights on earning a spot in the front offices of the NFL. After putting in a decade of service as a pro personnel coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Whaley accepted a job as the assistant general manager of the Buffalo Bills. In 2010,
In 2013 Whaley was promoted to general manager of the Bills. After a bad run with head coach Rex Ryan, and a series of questionable personnel decisions, Whaley was relieved of duty in 2017. He now puts his years of front office experience to the forefront of the XFL’s executive offices and intends to help create a league that will last for seasons to come.
Jeffrey Pollack – Chief Operating Office
Jeffrey Pollack is no stranger to the front office of major sports organizations. He has previously held positions as the vice president of marketing and corporate communications for the National Basketball Association (NBA), the managing director of broadcasting for NASCAR, and the commissioner of the World Series of Poker.
Pollack was instrumental in the planning for the construction of a new stadium for the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers, serving in the role of special adviser to team president Dean Spanos. Pollack now takes the reigns of the office of chief operating officer for the XFL and plans to steer them onto a successful track.
Dean Blandino - Head of Officiating
Dean Blandino became a recognizable face to American football fans when he served as an officiating analyst on FOX Network’s coverage of the NFL and NCAA football.
Prior to joining FOX, Blandino served as the vice president of officiation for the NFL from 2013 until 2017. In 2020 he became the head of officiating for the XFL and was kay in overseeing the league’s new rules.
XFL Teams Front Office Personnel
Director of player personnel – Daryl Johnston
Johnston became famous as a fullback for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s. He played there for 11 seasons, won three Super Bowls, and helped open holes for the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith.
Following his career as a player, Johnston became a professional broadcaster for the NFL for radio and television. Now Johnston is the director of player personnel for the Dallas Renegades and intends to hoist another championship in Texas.
- Analytics/Scouting manager – Bob Morris
- Director of football operations – Matt McMillen
- Manager of football operations – Dave Boller
Director of pro personnel – Randy Mueller
Mueller has served in the front offices of NFL teams for nearly 30 years, including tenures with the Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins, and Los Angles Chargers. Mueller has also spent time as an NFL analyst on ESPN. You can bet on the Roughnecks to field a competitive team with Mueller in charge.
- Assistant director of pro personnel – Will Lewis
- Director of football operations – Dan Kuhn
FAQs for XFL Front Office Staff
The XFL is owned by Alpha Entertainment, which is owned by Vince McMahon.
Alpha Entertainment owns the XFL and all teams contained therein. The XFL arranges for the setup of each franchise and then hires a general manager/head coach to serve as the team's chief administrator.
Nothing is certain at this time, but Vince McMahon and the front office of the XFL are committed to creating a product that will last the test of time. Do not be surprised to see the second season of XFL action kickoff in the spring of 2021.
No, but Oliver Luck, his father, is. Oliver Luck serves as the Commissioner of the XFL and is also a retired NFL quarterback.
Tickets for XFL games will range from $24 to $138, depending on where you choose to sit in the stadium. Season ticket packages are available for purchase with each team.
No. Currently, there are no performers from WWE that have attempted to play XFL.