Stamford, Conn., Sept. 5, 2018 – Roxanne Kosarzycki, former General Counsel for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has been named General Counsel for the XFL. The announcement was made today by XFL Commissioner & CEO Oliver Luck, to whom Kosarzycki will report. The new XFL kicks off in early 2020 and will deliver 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.
Kosarzycki comes to the XFL from her prior position as Senior Vice President/General Counsel for Global Imaging Systems, Inc., a leading provider of business technology solutions. From March 2011 until accepting her new post with the XFL, she served as the company’s general counsel and corporate secretary, providing guidance and counsel in all aspects of the business.
Before working for GIS, Kosarzycki was General Counsel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with accountability for a broad range of business, operational and legal functions. Her many responsibilities included drafting and negotiating all business contracts, including sponsorship, marketing, media technology, licensing and employment; managing player contracts; supervising human resources; and protecting the team’s trademark portfolio and copyrighted information. Kosarzycki’s extensive experience in professional sports began in July 1992 as Associate Counsel for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, a position she held until joining the Buccaneers in 2004. While with the Raiders, Kosarzycki also served as counsel to the teams’ retail operation.
After earning her B.A. at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1987, Kosarzycki earned her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles in 1992. She is a member of the California and Florida Bar Associations.
Plans for the XFL at launch include eight teams, 40-man active rosters, and a 10-week regular season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game.
The new XFL will reimagine football for the 21st century when it kicks off in early 2020.
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, 40-man active rosters, and a 10-week regular season schedule, with a postseason consisting of two semifinal playoff games and a championship game. Each contest will be a high-profile event with tens of thousands of fans, featuring innovative elements that bring them closer to the players and the game they love. 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. We will build strong grassroots relationships with local organizations in our Host Cities through social responsibility partnerships, and the XFL will enjoy the support of WWE’s many extraordinary resources and promotional capabilities.