Oliver Luck, the former XFL Commissioner, was awarded a multimillion-dollar contract in the second iteration. He also received a personal guarantee from Vince McMahon. McMahon tried to avoid Luck's obligation of $24 million after XFL 2.0 collapsed from the pandemic.
McMahon then fired Luck, throwing a lot of crap at the wall hoping that something would stick. The majority of the crap has failed. One argument is left at the trial that will begin next month.
Ben Fischer from Sports Business Journal explains that McMahon will have the right to present to a jury whether Luck was fired because he signed Antonio Callaway, a former NFL receiver, in violation of McMahon’s directive to not allow players with past off-field problems.
McMahon's problem is that he fired Luck just two months after Callaway signed and one day before McMahon cut the cord on Luck's contract. Luck's lawyers should be able to show McMahon fired Luck because Callaway was signed, but rather because McMahon didn't need Luck anymore and McMahon needed a straight-faced argument in support of firing Luck.
McMahon has no other defense. McMahon cannot present at trial any defense that Luck shared confidential data with Will Wilson, Luck's brother in law, or that Luck used his company's phone for personal matters. Luck was forced to resign when the pandemic started.
McMahon will undoubtedly be aggressively questioned about what he knew, when he knew it, as well as the Callaway signing and why he didn’t fire Luck for cause sooner. People with reasonable intelligence and common sense will quickly realize McMahon fired Luck because the ship was sinking -- and that if it wasn't for the pandemic Luck would still be employed.