In a report by Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily, the XFL’s search for a new CFO, Chief Football Officer, to replace Oliver Luck is underway. This new role would oversee all football operations in the new XFL 3.0 era. The position will be similar to the XFL Commissioner before, but with less autonomy.
According to the report
“CAA Sports’ executive search team, led by Joe Becher, is running the search. RedBird founder Gerry Cardinale is taking a personal interest in the search, while RedBird partner and former Browns President Alec Scheiner is also heavily involved. Former Bills and Sabres President Russ Brandon is advising RedBird on XFL matters, sources said.”
Alec Scheiner, in 2010, was named to Sports Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list of top young sports executives while working for the Dallas Cowboys as their vice president. He left Dallas in 2012 to become team president of the Cleveland Browns till 2016.
Russ Brandon is best known for his 21-year tenure in the front office of the Buffalo Bills. He joined the Bills in 1997 and left in 2017.
Fischer says that the search has been underway for a new CFO for about two months and that Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer Jordan Schlachter is back working with XFL.
Now it seems that Schlachter, along with XFL President Jeffrey Pollack, has returned to the new XFL 3.0 working for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dany Garcia, and RedBird Capital Partners.
Schlachter was hired for the first time by the XFL in April of 2019. Before working for the XFL, he was Chief Marketing Officer of the National Basketball Players Association and President of its marketing and revenue arm, THINK 450.
Whoever gets hired as the new CFO needs to hit the ground running. Kickoff for a 2022 season will be here before you know it.
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