The XFL Draft kicks off tomorrow, and we’re expecting to hear who the tier 1 quarterbacks are later this afternoon. In the meantime, we have some more news out of the league. The XFL just sent out a press release announcing that they have hired David Michael as the companies Chief Technology Officer.
Michael most recently served as CTO for Madison Square Garden and will be responsible for developing and overseeing all enterprise, digital product and football technology strategies and initiatives for the league and its eight teams.
You can read the full release from the league below:
XFL WIRES UP DAVID MICHAEL AS CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Stamford, Conn., Oct. 7, 2019 – The XFL today announced that David Michael has been named the league’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Most recently he was Chief Information Officer (CIO) for The Madison Square Garden Company and, before that, CIO for GroupM North America.
Michael will be responsible for developing and overseeing all enterprise, digital product and football technology strategies and initiatives for the league and its eight teams.
“The role of Chief Technology Officer at the XFL is mission-critical and David is a proven leader and innovator,” said Jeffrey Pollack, XFL President and COO. “We’re moving quickly to our kick-off in February 2020 and his arrival is perfectly timed.”
“I’m excited to join the XFL and looking forward to bringing new digital technology innovations to the game and fan experience,” added Michael, who will report to Pollack. “Vince McMahon, Jeffrey Pollack and Oliver Luck are building a world-class organization and it’s a privilege to be part of the team.”
As The Madison Square Garden Company’s CIO, Michael spearheaded a major customer-facing digital transformation program, in addition to overseeing enterprise-wide technology infrastructure, support and business applications. Prior to MSG, Michael successfully delivered major technology initiatives as CIO at GroupM North America, UBM Tech and PR Newswire.
Michael earned his bachelor’s degree with honors in computer science from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.