Report: Oliver Luck files wrongful termination suit against XFL CEO Vince McMahon
Former XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck has filed a wrongful termination suit against Vince McMahon, the CEO of the XFL. ESPN was one of many outlets to report the news.
The XFL canceled its inaugural season after five weeks, due to the growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees were laid off a few weeks later and the league filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Luck reportedly signed a deal in 2018 worth approximately $20 million to serve as the league’s commissioner. From ESPN:
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, attorney’s fees and interest and a declaratory judgment on fulfilling the terms of the contract.
“Oliver Luck’s services as Commissioner and CEO of The XFL were terminated by a letter sent to him on Apr. 9, 2020 which explained the reasons for the termination,” said a statement by Jerry McDevitt of K&L Gates, which represents McMahon. “As to the lawsuit he filed, his allegations will be disputed and the position of Mr. McMahon will be set forth in our response to his lawsuit.”
The XFL consisted of eight teams in the league and was scheduled to have a 10-week season before shutting down operations.