About two weeks after Dwayne Johnson’s XFL finished its first season, the spring football league cut an undisclosed amount of full-time positions amid a shift toward a workforce that will use more seasonal employees.
Front Office Sports inquired about full-time jobs being eliminated after receiving a reader tip on early Tuesday afternoon. In response to a FOS inquiry, an XFL spokesperson sent the following:
“The XFL’s first season was a success with strong growth metrics seen across fan engagement, viewership and revenue channels. As the XFL plans for 2024 and beyond, it has decided to transition into a dual full-time and seasonal-based employment model to improve efficiency and drive sustainable business performance across all markets, given the seasonal nature of the business. The XFL will continue to employ full-time business and football operations functions on both the League and team levels and will scale up hiring each year for pre-season and in-season roles.”
While it is not clear how many workers will be impacted, the cuts include XFL Chief Marketing Officers Janet Duch, who also worked for the prior version of the XFL led by WWE’s Vince McMahon.
Duch was among those within the league interviewed by FOS for a feature earlier this month.
XFL VP of Marketing Anthony Zucconi was also let go, FOS confirmed. XFL News Hub was the first outlet to report on the departures of Duch and Zucconi.
Johnson, business partner/former wife Dany Garcia, and RedBird Capital purchased XFL’s assets for $15 million in August 2020. The third rendition of the XFL completed its first season on May 13, and plans are underway for a second season — something the first two versions of the XFL couldn’t reach.