Brian Michael Cooper named President of XFL team in Houston

Brian Michael Cooper named President of XFL team in Houston

Stamford, Conn., May 14, 2019 – The XFL today announced that Brian Michael Cooper, previously Senior Associate Athletic Director at Rice University and President of the NBA G-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers, has been named President of the XFL football team in Houston.

The Houston XFL team will take the field in February 2020 for its inaugural season and play its home games at TDECU Stadium.

Cooper, who most recently served as a partner in the Houston and Denver offices of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and as a member of the firm’s Entertainment, Media and Sports Practice, will be responsible for the team’s fan engagement and business operations, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, content, communications, community relations, and the game day experience.

“Vince McMahon, Oliver Luck and I are all proud to announce Brian as President of our team in Houston,” said Jeffrey Pollack, XFL President and Chief Operating Officer. “He is a seasoned sports business leader who knows and loves Houston and will help us connect authentically.”

“It’s an honor to help launch the XFL’s team in Houston,” said Cooper. “One measure of our success will be how well we engage the community. Another measure will be how effectively we tap into Houston’s passion for football. In both instances, I look forward to planting firm roots for the XFL by building a passionate, loyal fanbase for our Houston team.”

Cooper has more than 20 years of experience as a sports attorney, agent, executive and advisor, guiding clients through all aspects of sports business transactions, and is a four-time Super Lawyers Texas Rising Star. Before returning to his law practice in 2017 at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, he served as Director of Sports Programming for DISH Network. Cooper served as Senior Associate Athletic Director at Rice University from 2010-2013, and as President of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers from 2008-2010. The Vipers are the NBA G-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets.

Before joining the Vipers, Cooper spent six years as an attorney at Haynes Boone LLP in Houston from 2002-2008, where he worked on matters for the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation. For his work in Houston sports, he received the Outstanding Service Award from the Houston Bar Association’s Entertainment and Sports Law Section in 2009 and 2012, along with the HBA ESL Chairman’s Award in 2014. Cooper began his legal career at Proskauer LLP in New York, where his clients included the NBA, NHL, ATP, and MLS.

A graduate of Cornell University, the Harvard Kennedy School, and Columbia Law School, Cooper has served on the boards of Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston. An avid runner, he also has completed five New York City Marathons and two Houston Aramco Half Marathons.

Cooper lives in The Woodlands, Texas with his wife Jacqueline and their daughter Kendall.

XFL Names Winston Moss Los Angeles Head Coach

Los Angeles, Calif., May 7, 2019 – The XFL today announced that Winston Moss, most recently the associate head coach for the Green Bay Packers, and former NFL linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks, Los Angeles Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has been named head coach and general manager of the XFL team in Los Angeles.

“We’re excited to welcome to our ranks a professional like Winston Moss, who has over 30 years of experience as an NFL player and coach,” said XFL Commissioner & CEO, Oliver Luck. “As a young athlete, Winston won a national championship with the University of Miami and, as an assistant coach, he helped the Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl XLV. These are two remarkable accomplishments, and we look forward to seeing what he has in store for the fans of Los Angeles.”

“Winston has an impressive resume as a player and coach in the NFL and is the perfect choice to lead our Los Angeles team on the field,” said Heather Brooks Karatz, the recently named president of the XFL team in Los Angeles. “His passion for football and commitment to providing unique access to our fans makes him the ideal partner for what we’re looking to accomplish. We’re going to work together to give the people of Los Angeles a great football team and exceptional fan experience.”

“I am so appreciative to have the opportunity to be a head coach and GM in the XFL, especially in a city where I spent four years as an NFL player,” said Moss. “Starting a team and a league from scratch is unique and exciting, and I’m looking forward to working with Heather and her team, to develop a new football franchise for Los Angeles.”

As an NFL linebacker for 11 seasons with the Buccaneers (1987-90), Raiders (1991-94) and Seahawks (1995-97), Moss played in 155 games (146 starts), recording 768 tackles and 20.5 sacks. In 1999, Moss began his coaching career as the defensive quality control coach for the Seahawks, the last team for which he played. In 2000, he assumed the same position with the New Orleans Saints, where he began working with Mike McCarthy. A year later Moss was promoted to linebackers coach, a position he held through the 2005 season.

He was hired in 2006 by incoming Packers head coach McCarthy, as linebackers coach and promoted to assistant head coach/linebackers in 2007. His shifted his focus in 2009 to inside linebackers in 2009 and then back to all linebackers in 2014. Moss was a member of the coaching staff in 2010 that led the Packers to victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Finally, he was named associate head coach, linebackers, in 2015, a position he held for the remainder of his time with the team.

During his 13 years with the Packers, Moss coached and mentored several defensive stalwarts including Pro Bowl linebackers A.J. Hawk, Clay Matthews, and Julius Peppers. Working closely with Moss, Matthews became the team’s all-time sack leader (83.5); Hawk established himself as the franchise’s all-time leader in career tackles (1,118); and Blake Martinez set the Packers’ single-season record for tackles in 2017 (144).

While playing for the L.A. Raiders, his teammates voted him the winner of the Ed Block Courage Award for his commitment to community service. He also received the NFL Players Association Unsung Hero Award for his leadership capabilities on and off the field. And, in 1997, the Seattle Seahawks players awarded Winston with the Steve Largent Award, recognizing the team contributor who best exemplified the spirit, dedication, and integrity of former Seahawk wide receiver Steve Largent.

Moss joins Kevin Gilbride (New York), Pep Hamilton (Washington, D.C.), Jonathan Hayes (St. Louis); Bob Stoops (Dallas), Marc Trestman (Tampa Bay) and Jim Zorn (Seattle) as the XFL head coaches named to date.

Moss was a four-year letterman at the University of Miami (Fla.) and helped the Hurricanes win the 1983 national championship. He was inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.

When the XFL kicks off in February 2020, the Los Angeles team will play its home games at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson.

XFL to Air on ABC, ESPN, FOX Sports and FS1

STAMFORD, Conn – The XFL today announced multi-year agreements with ESPN and FOX Sports to televise XFL games starting with its inaugural 2020 season. XFL games will air weekly on broadcast TV (ABC and FOX) complemented by games on cable (ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2). The XFL TV schedule allows for consistent appointment viewing each week with back-to-back games starting Saturday afternoons at 2 pm ET as well as two additional games on Sunday afternoons.

“We look forward to showcasing the XFL on ESPN and ABC, including the kickoff game and championship during the league’s inaugural season,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling. “Vince McMahon and Oliver Luck are two of the sports industry’s most creative and experienced leaders, and they have exciting plans for this league. We believe in their vision for the XFL, which will be a great addition to our year-round commitment to football.”

“We welcome the XFL to the FOX Sports Family and are pleased to expand our relationship with Vince McMahon,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports CEO & Executive Producer. “Football is in FOX Sports’ DNA and a key component of our programming strategy. Alongside Oliver Luck and his incredible team, we’re excited for the debut of the XFL on FOX Sports.”

“We are thrilled to partner with ESPN and FOX Sports, two innovative media companies with extensive experience in world-class football production that will undoubtedly help us reimagine football,” said Vince McMahon, XFL Founder & Chairman. “The XFL broadcast schedule provides us with incredible reach and makes it easy for fans to watch our games consistently every weekend.”

The agreements were negotiated by CAA Sports and Evolution Media Capital (EMC) on behalf of the XFL.

The XFL will kick off on Saturday, February 8, 2020 with teams in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C. Additional XFL-themed programming and on-air talent will be announced in the future.

About ESPN
ESPN, the world’s leading sports entertainment enterprise, features more than 50 assets – eight U.S. television networks, direct-to-consumer ESPN+, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN International, ESPN The Magazine and more. ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc. (an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and 20 percent by Hearst.

About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing FOX Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, the business has ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Network; FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports’ digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices. Additionally, FOX Sports and social broadcasting platform, Caffeine jointly own Caffeine Studios which creates exclusive eSports, sports and live entertainment content. Also included in FOX Sports’ portfolio are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

About the XFL
The XFL will reimagine football for the 21st century when it kicks off the weekend of February 8-9, 2020, committed to delivering a brisk, fast-paced game, with a fan-centric, innovative, and affordable gameday experience. The inaugural season will launch with teams in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington D.C. Each team will compete with a 45-man active roster over a 10-week regular season with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game. Vince McMahon, XFL Founder and Chairman, is personally funding the new league, and building the XFL with the same commitment and resolve that he has demonstrated building WWE into a global media and sports entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit XFL.com and follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

XFL Elevates to Sell Tickets

Stamford, Conn., May 1, 2019– The XFL has selected Elevate Sports Ventures to guide and support ticket sales for the league’s eight teams. The two-year agreement also sets Elevate as the league’s first Business Solutions Partner. Elevate – a joint venture of the San Francisco 49ers, Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment, Ticketmaster, Live Nation and the Oakview Group – will design, implement and manage database marketing and ticket sales strategies for the XFL’s teams in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington D.C. The XFL launches the weekend of February 8-9, 2020.

The goal of the partnership is to bring the XFL to market efficiently and through the use of data-driven sales and digital marketing strategies and applications. Elevate will manage the day-to-day ticket sales effort in each of the XFL’s eight markets, working closely with each XFL team president and supplementing the skills of the team business operations group at the XFL league office in Stamford.

“We’re proud to welcome Elevate to the XFL family,” said Jeffrey Pollack, XFL President and COO. “With Al Guido, the rest of the Elevate team, and all of their partners equally committed to our cause and with important seats at our table, we’re even more confident in our ability to launch effectively.”

“Everyone at Elevate Sports Ventures, and each of our partners, is honored to receive this appointment from the XFL,” said Al Guido, CEO of Elevate Sports Ventures. “We are eager to use our well-honed experience in analytics-based sales and data-driven marketing on the league’s behalf, and for the benefit of what will be the XFL’s new and growing fanbase. We see incredible potential in this venture and are inspired to be working with Vince McMahon, Oliver Luck, Jeffrey Pollack, and the entire XFL team.”

ABOUT THE XFL The XFL will reimagine football for the 21st century when it kicks off the weekend of February 8-9, 2020, committed to delivering a brisk, fast-paced game, with a fan-centric, innovative, and affordable gameday experience. The inaugural season will launch with teams in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington D.C. Each team will compete with a 45-man active roster over a 10-week regular season with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game. Vince McMahon, XFL Founder and Chairman, is personally funding the new league, and building the XFL with the same commitment and resolve that he has demonstrated building WWE into a global media and sports entertainment powerhouse. For more information, visit XFL.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

ABOUT ELEVATE SPORTS VENTURES Elevate Sports Ventures is a best-in-class sports and entertainment consulting firm, providing proven, innovative solutions to organizations across the global sports and entertainment landscape. Elevate taps into the extensive resources, relationships, and expertise of its partners to innovate and execute comprehensive strategies and solutions in Venue Renovations, Sales and Marketing, Stadium Licenses, Premium Ticketing, Corporate Hospitality, Customer Research, Strategy and Analytics, Sales Training, and more. Formed in partnership between the San Francisco 49ers and Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) in 2018, Elevate welcomed Oak View Group (OVG) and Ticketmaster and Live Nation as partners in June 2018. In September 2018, Elevate launched Elevate On Campus, with the goal of supporting ticket sales, strategy and service in intercollegiate athletics and university venues.

For more information, visit: www.ElevateSportsVentures.com and www.ElevateOnCampus.com or follow @ElevateSV and @Elevate_Campus.

Kevin Gilbride Named XFL New York Head Coach

New York, N.Y., April 16, 2019 – The XFL today announced that Kevin Gilbride, a former NFL head coach with nearly four-decades of football coaching experience, has been named the head coach and general manager of the XFL team in New York.

The New York team will play at MetLife Stadium when the league kicks off in February 2020. Janet Duch, most recently Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for On Location Experiences, was today named the team’s President.

“Vince McMahon and I are thrilled that Kevin Gilbride has joined us and will guide the XFL team in New York,” said XFL Commissioner & CEO, Oliver Luck. “Kevin has 40 years of experience as a football coach at the college and pro levels, including ten years in New York with the Giants, so he is uniquely qualified to work in this market and knows the heartbeat of the local football fan. He’s an offensive-minded coach, and understands the quicker style of play we want to be a hallmark of the XFL when we launch in February.”

“I’m proud to be named the head coach and general manager of the XFL’s New York team, and I want to thank Vince McMahon and Oliver Luck for the opportunity,” said Gilbride. “I spent ten great years as a coach in New York, so I know how savvy and passionate fans here can be. I’ve missed the sidelines, and can’t wait to hire a staff and get to work building the best team we can.”

Gilbride joins Pep Hamilton (Washington, D.C.), Bob Stoops (Dallas), Marc Trestman (Tampa Bay) and Jim Zorn (Seattle) as the XFL head coaches named to date.

As a head coach, Gilbride spent two seasons leading the San Diego Chargers (1997-98), and five guiding his alma mater, Southern Connecticut State University (1980-84).

Gilbride’s coaching career began in the college ranks, first as a linebackers coach at Idaho State (1974-75) and Tufts University (1976-77), before becoming defensive coordinator at American International University (1978-79). Following his stint as head coach at SCSU, he spent two seasons at the professional level as quarterbacks/wide receivers coach for the CFL’s Ottawa Rough Riders (1985-86), then returned to college football as passing game coordinator (1987) and offensive coordinator (1988) for East Carolina University.

In 1989, Gilbride made the jump to the NFL where he spent the next 25 years on the sidelines as a quarterbacks coach for the Houston Oilers (1989) and New York Giants (2004-06); offensive coordinator for the Oilers (1990-94), Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-96), Pittsburgh Steelers (1999-2000), Buffalo Bills (2002-03) and Giants (2007-13), and two seasons as head coach of the Chargers. As Oilers’ quarterbacks coach, he worked with Warren Moon who passed for more than 3,600 yards and 23 touchdowns. A year later, as offensive coordinator, the Oilers scored 405 points, with Moon passing for more than 4,000 yards and 33 touchdowns. As Giants’ quarterbacks coach, he was entrusted with the early NFL career of Eli Manning, and as the team’s offensive coordinator the two would combine to win a pair of Super Bowl championships (XLII & XLVI).

Gilbride played quarterback and tight end at Southern Connecticut State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He continued his studies at Idaho State University, earning a master’s degree in Athletic Administration.

Born in New Haven, Conn., Gilbride resides in Naples, Fla. with his wife, Deborah. The couple has three children, daughters Kelly and Kristen, and son, Kevin M. Gilbride who is the Chicago Bears tight ends coach.

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XFL Names Janet Duch President of New York Team

New York, N.Y., April 16, 2019 – The XFL today announced that Janet Duch, most recently Senior Vice President of On Location Experiences and a long-time executive at Madison Square Garden, has been named President of the XFL football team in New York.

The New York team will play at MetLife Stadium when the league kicks off in February 2020. Kevin Gilbride, a former NFL head coach with nearly four decades of football coaching experience, was today named the team’s head coach and general manager.

Duch will be responsible for the team’s fan engagement and business operations, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, content, communications, community relations, and the game day experience.

“Vince, Oliver and I are happy to welcome Janet to the XFL and know that she and Coach Gilbride will successfully deliver an outstanding gameday experience,” said Jeffrey Pollack, XFL President and Chief Operating Officer. “Janet has a seasoned understanding of New York sports fans and the skills required to help us quickly connect with the community.”

“It’s a great privilege to help lead the XFL’s New York team and help evolve the football experience, on and off the field,” said Duch. “I’m excited for the opportunity to build a new organization and engage the passionate football fans we have in the tri-state area. Our mission is to bring fans closer to the game they love.”

Duch served since 2016 as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for On Location Experiences, a leading premium hospitality business. Prior to that she spent 18 years with Madison Square Garden. As Senior Vice President of both the New York Rangers and New York Knicks, she was a principal architect in developing and managing the brand identities of both teams and leading go-to-market ticketing and retention strategies, along with in-game entertainment, merchandise, community relations, and digital and fan engagement initiatives and programs.

Duch was named to the Sports Business Journal’s prestigious Forty Under 40 in 2015, the same year she was honored by Leaders in Sports as one of its Forty Under 40, Marketing & Communications.

Duch earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a student-athlete on the volleyball team. She resides in New Jersey.

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Erik A. Moses named President of XFL Team in Washington D.C.

Erik A. Moses, most recently the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Sports, Entertainment & Special Events for Events DC, has been named President of the XFL football team in Washington, D.C.

Stamford, Conn., March 29, 2019 – The XFL today announced that Erik A. Moses, most recently the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Sports, Entertainment & Special Events for Events DC, has been named President of the XFL football team in Washington, D.C.

The DC XFL team will first take the field in February 2020 for its inaugural season and play its home games at Audi Field. Last month, Pep Hamilton was named the team’s Head Coach and General Manager.

Moses will be responsible for the team’s fan engagement and business operations, including, ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, content, communications, community relations, and the game day experience.

“Vince McMahon and I welcome Erik to the XFL family and know he is the right executive to help lead the way for us in our nation’s capital,” said Jeffrey Pollack, XFL President, and Chief Operating Officer. “Erik understands what makes DC tick and he will help the XFL connect meaningfully with football fans and the local community.”

“I’m excited to join the XFL and help build a new type of sports league that focuses on innovation, affordable entertainment, and family fun,” said Moses. “I am grateful to my colleagues at Events DC and our city’s leadership for allowing me to represent this town’s sports and entertainment industry for the past ten years. I can think of no better next step than to work with this great community to establish the XFL in DC and across the entire Washington region and cultivate a passionate, loyal fan base for our team.”

“I am very much looking forward to working with Erik to reimagine football here in DC and bring the fans an amazing experience when we kick off in February 2020,” said XFL Washington D.C. Head Coach and General Manager Pep Hamilton. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know Erik throughout the interview process and know he is exactly the right partner for the job, and I can’t wait to get started building our DC team.”

Over the last decade, Moses directed the Sports and Entertainment Division of Events DC, where he worked to attract major events to its facilities, including Nationals Park, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, the DC Armory, RFK Festival Grounds, the Entertainment & Sports Arena, Gateway DC Pavilion, and RISE Demonstration Center. Moses also led Events DC’s corporate partnerships initiative that connected the organization with brands such as PepsiCo, Lyft, Hilton, RCN, and the DC Lottery.

Before the 2009 merger that created Events DC, Moses was CEO of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission from June 2008 to September 2009. In addition to navigating the merger with the Washington Convention Center Authority, Moses oversaw the completion of construction at Nationals Park, the development of the Military Bowl, and the creation and launch of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic, and was the catalyst behind the public-private partnership which developed the Skate Park at RFK Stadium.

Moses also served as the Director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Small and Local Business Development, and began his career in private practice with Dow Lohnes PLLC. He then joined America Online, Inc. where he served as legal counsel and as a director of business development.

Moses is currently an adjunct professor in the Sports Industry Management Program at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. He serves on the board of directors for the DC Jazz Festival, the Military Bowl Foundation, and the US Tennis Association – Mid-Atlantic Section.

Moses received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from the Duke University School of Law. He is a member of the bar in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two sons.

About the XFL

The XFL will reimagine football for the 21st century when it kicks off the weekend of February 8-9, 2020. The new league is committed to delivering 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.

Football is America’s favorite sport boasting over 85 million fans, but the traditional season is just too short. Seeing a tremendous opportunity to fill the void, Vince McMahon, XFL Founder and Chairman announced on January 25, 2018, the launch of a new league, which he is personally funding. McMahon is building the XFL with the same commitment and resolve that he has demonstrated building WWE into a global media and sports entertainment powerhouse.

Delivering authentic, high energy football for the whole family at an affordable price, the XFL will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules. The league will launch with eight teams, 45-man active rosters, and a 10-week regular season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game. The XFL will also establish a health, wellness and safety program that meets the needs of today’s athletes.

The XFL will embrace the latest on and off-field technology, providing live game coverage, content and real-time engagement across multiple platforms, giving fans greater access than ever before. The XFL is committed to building grassroots relationships with local organizations in its host cities through social responsibility partnerships, and the XFL will enjoy the support of WWE’s many extraordinary resources and promotional capabilities.

The XFL will launch next year in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington D.C.

For more information, visit XFL.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

XFL names Ryan Gustafson Team President in Seattle

Ryan Gustafson, most recently the Vice President of Business Strategy & Development for Sounders FC, has been named President of the XFL football team in Seattle.

Stamford, Conn., March 26, 2019 – The XFL today announced that Ryan Gustafson, most recently the Vice President of Business Strategy & Development for Sounders FC, has been named President of the XFL football team in Seattle.

The Seattle XFL team will first take the field in February 2020 for its inaugural season and play its home games at CenturyLink Field. Jim Zorn was recently named the team’s Head Coach and General Manager.

Gustafson will be responsible for the team’s fan engagement and business operations, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, content, communications, community relations, and the game day experience.

“Ryan is well-established in the Seattle sports community and Vince McMahon and I are proud to welcome him to the XFL family,” said Jeffrey Pollack, XFL President and Chief Operating Officer. “We have no doubt he and Coach Zorn will have a strong partnership and together build something special on and off the field.”

“I’m excited to help bring the XFL to the Pacific Northwest and build a team that makes a lasting impact in our community,” said Gustafson. “I’d like to thank Adrian Hanauer and the entire Sounders family for the chance to be part of such a great organization. Growing up less than ten miles from CenturyLink Field, and with a love of all things connected to Seattle sports, I know how special fans are here, and I’m grateful to the XFL leadership for this truly unique opportunity.”

“I’d like to extend Ryan a warm welcome,” said XFL Seattle Head Coach and General Manager Jim Zorn. “He’s a hometown guy with a wealth of front office experience, and I’m looking forward to working side-by-side with him to bring to life our team here in Seattle.”

As Vice President of Business Strategy & Development for Major League Soccer’s Sounders FC, Gustafson led strategic planning for the organization and led all revenue-generation initiatives, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, and suites.

Gustafson spent four years with the San Diego Padres, starting in 2013 as Manager, Business Strategy and Analytics. He was promoted in 2014 to Senior Director, Strategy & Innovation, and to Vice President of Strategy & Innovation in 2015. In that position, he oversaw CRM and business analytics, financial projections and special projects. Gustafson also spent a year with Major League Baseball as a senior analyst and worked in ticket sales and customer service for both the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC from 2008 to 2010.

After working for the Seahawks and Sounders, Gustafson attended Harvard Business School and graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration in 2012. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in Business and Economics from the University of Puget Sound in 2008, where he captained the varsity baseball team.

Raised in Bellevue, Wash., Gustafson currently resides in Seattle.

About The XFL

The XFL will reimagine football for the 21st century when it kicks off the weekend of February 8-9, 2020. The new league is committed to delivering 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.

Football is America’s favorite sport boasting over 85 million fans, but the traditional season is just too short. Seeing a tremendous opportunity to fill the void, Vince McMahon, XFL Founder and Chairman announced on January 25, 2018, the launch of a new league, which he is personally funding. McMahon is building the XFL with the same commitment and resolve that he has demonstrated building WWE into a global media and sports entertainment powerhouse.

Delivering authentic, high energy football for the whole family at an affordable price, the XFL will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules. The league will launch with eight teams, 45-man active rosters, and a 10-week regular season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game. The XFL will also establish a health, wellness and safety program that meets the needs of today’s athletes.

The XFL will embrace the latest on and off-field technology, providing live game coverage, content and real-time engagement across multiple platforms, giving fans greater access than ever before. The XFL is committed to building grassroots relationships with local organizations in its host cities through social responsibility partnerships, and the XFL will enjoy the support of WWE’s many extraordinary resources and promotional capabilities.

The XFL will launch next year in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington D.C.

For more information, visit XFL.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Media Contact: Stephanie Rudnick – XFL stephanie.rudnick@xfl.commedia@xfl.com

Heather Brooks Karatz named President of the XFL team in Los Angeles

Stamford, Conn., March 21, 2019 – The XFL today announced that Heather Brooks Karatz, most recently the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Los Angeles Football Club and Banc of California Stadium, has been named President of the XFL football team in Los Angeles.

Karatz will be responsible for the team’s fan engagement and business operations, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, content, communications, community relations, and the game day experience.

“Vince McMahon and I are thrilled that Heather is our first team president,” said Jeffrey Pollack, XFL President and Chief Operating Officer. “She knows Los Angeles inside out, played a key role in one of the most successful launch efforts in professional sports, and will help us build a fanbase and get it right.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to launch a team that is authentic to Los Angeles,” said Karatz. “The XFL’s mission is to put the fan above all and bring new thinking, not only to the game, but to how we engage fans and their families, connect with the community through a love for football, and manage every aspect of our operations. Starting from scratch means our perspective can be fresh and I can’t wait to get started creating a new team for the LA market and entire community.”

Before joining LAFC in January 2017, just as the team broke ground on the Banc of California Stadium, Karatz was the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Relativity Sports where she represented more than 300 professional athletes across the National Football League, National Basketball Association, and Major League Baseball. She also worked as an attorney for the National Hockey League and as a law clerk for the NFL Management Council. Karatz began her legal career as a labor and employment attorney at Hunton & Williams, LLP (now known as Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP).

Karatz earned her law degree at UCLA and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.

She lives in West Hollywood with her three-year-old twins and husband Teddy Karatz.

The Los Angeles XFL team will first take the field in February 2020 for its inaugural season and will play its home games at Dignity Health Sports Park (formerly StubHub Center) in Carson, California.

About The XFL

The XFL will reimagine football for the 21st century when it kicks off the weekend of February 8-9, 2020. The new league is committed to delivering 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.

Football is America’s favorite sport boasting over 85 million fans, but the traditional season is just too short. Seeing a tremendous opportunity to fill the void, Vince McMahon, XFL Founder and Chairman announced on January 25, 2018, the launch of a new league, which he is personally funding. McMahon is building the XFL with the same commitment and resolve that he has demonstrated building WWE into a global media and sports entertainment powerhouse.

Delivering authentic, high energy football for the whole family at an affordable price, the XFL will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules. The league will launch with eight teams, 45-man active rosters, and a 10-week regular season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game. The XFL will also establish a health, wellness and safety program that meets the needs of today’s athletes.

The XFL will embrace the latest on and off-field technology, providing live game coverage, content and real-time engagement across multiple platforms, giving fans greater access than ever before. The XFL is committed to building grassroots relationships with local organizations in its host cities through social responsibility partnerships, and the XFL will enjoy the support of WWE’s many extraordinary resources and promotional capabilities.

The XFL will launch next year in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Washington D.C.

For more information, visit XFL.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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XFL partners with Your Call Football to test new rules

Stamford, Conn., March 11, 2019 – The XFL today announced that they are testing new rules under consideration before its February 2020 kick off with Your Call Football (YCF). Testing occurred during YCF practices on March 7-9 and will continue this week on March 14 and 15. During each practice, YCF coaches are working closely with the XFL’s football operations team to employ rules the league has researched and developed since announcing its return over a year ago.

“We’re impressed with the innovative game Julie and her team are building, and excited that this partnership with Your Call Football gives us an opportunity to test out rules we’re considering in real time,” said XFL CEO & Commissioner, Oliver Luck. “We believe that testing and retesting the changes we’re contemplating is essential to achieving our goal of reimaging the sport and putting a great game on the field next February.”

“We are equally excited to partner with a great brand like the XFL,” said Julie Meringer, president of Your Call Football. “Our high-caliber football allows the XFL to test new features as they get ready for 2020. It is also great to partner with Oliver and his team as they reimagine football since it aligns with our strategy of innovating the fan experience through live play-calling.”

About Your Call Inc.

Your Call Football is in its second series, which began February 25, at the Dream Finders Homes Flex Field at Daily’s Place, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The two YCF teams are led by former NFL running back Merrill Hoge and former NFL defensive back Solomon Wilcots.

They provide fans with a selection of three plays to vote on, and the majority play is then executed live on the field. The free YCF app is available for download in the App Store and on Google Play. The upcoming games will be live streamed tonight March 11 and March 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Based in Newton, Mass., Your Call Inc. puts fans in control of live games, transforming spectator sports into interactive, social and competitive experiences, a concept originated by industry luminary George F. Colony in 2013. Privately held, the company’s leadership team is comprised of executives from the technology, digital and sports industries. Your Call Inc.’s proprietary, patented technology delivered a fan-controlled, live sports experience, Your Call Football, in 2018. For more information, visit www.yourcallfootball.com.

About The XFL The XFL will reimagine football for the 21st century when it kicks off the weekend of February 8-9, 2020. The new league is committed to delivering 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.

Football is America’s favorite sport boasting over 85 million fans, but the traditional season is just too short. Seeing a tremendous opportunity to fill the void, Vince McMahon, XFL Founder and Chairman announced on January 25, 2018, the launch of a new league, which he is personally funding. McMahon is building the XFL with the same commitment and resolve that he has demonstrated building WWE into a global media and sports entertainment powerhouse.

Delivering authentic, high energy football for the whole family at an affordable price, the XFL will offer fast-paced games with fewer play stoppages and simpler rules. The league will launch with eight teams, 45-man active rosters, and a 10-week regular season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game. The XFL will also establish a health, wellness and safety program that meets the needs of today’s athletes.

The XFL will embrace the latest on and off-field technology, providing live game coverage, content and real-time engagement across multiple platforms, giving fans greater access than ever before. The XFL is committed to building grassroots relationships with local organizations in its host cities through social responsibility partnerships, and the XFL will enjoy the support of WWE’s many extraordinary resources and promotional capabilities.

The XFL will launch next year in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C.

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Media Contacts: Lou D’Ermilio – XFL Caitlin Snider – CTP for Your Call Football lou.dermilio@xfl.com csnider@ctpboston.com 917-601-6898 617-412-4000