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A recent court filing revealed that former XFL commissioner Oliver Luck and former league owner Vince McMahon have settled their legal dispute over Luck’s 2020 dismissal.
Sports Business Journal reported on Monday that Paul Dobrowski, Luck’s attorney, wrote that “the parties have reached an agreement to resolve this matter on June 16, 2022” in a filing that sought to permanently seal records related to the feud. .
McMahon fired Luck in April 2020, a day before the league shut down at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Luck sued for wrongful dismissal, arguing that he owed the rest of his salary on his five-year contract. He was looking for around $24 million.
McMahon, in turn, argued that he fired Luck for cause. But last February, a federal judge dismissed most of the reasons McMahon fired Luck, according to the report.
McMahon’s attempt to revive the alternative football league in 2020 was short-lived as games could not be played during the early days of the pandemic. Most XFL employees were laid off on April 10, two days before the league filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Luck had resigned as executive vice president of the NCAA in order to become commissioner of the XFL. The father of former NFL quarterback Andrew Luck also served as West Virginia athletic director and president of NFL Europe.
In April, The Athletic reported that the XFL wanted Luck to repay some of the salary he earned during his short stint there, with a lawsuit filed in federal court in Delaware arguing that Luck’s “compensation Luck was excessive” compared to his qualifications.
The XFL is making another comeback attempt next February under new ownership that includes actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But the new owners, who paid around $15 million for the league, are not part of the lawsuit related to the former commissioner.
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