Marc Ross joined the XFL back in 2021, teaming up with Russ Brandon, Doug Whaley, and the XFL’s ownership to serve in football operations. In a way, Marc was serving as Sam Schwartzstein’s replacement.
According to the XFL’s website, Marc’s role included:
“…responsible for all aspects of football operations, including rules and gameplay, logistics and league planning, as well as innovation, data and analytics. He works closely with the executive leadership team to develop the strategic football philosophy, a core component of the league’s vision to bring dynamic football product to the XFL fanbase.”
With the USFL-XFL merger in motion, awaiting approval from the Department of Justice, Marc Ross no longer being with the XFL is major. Ross has also confirmed his departure on X and LinkedIn platforms.
We’ve been hearing whispers surrounding the USFL maintaining more personnel on their side of things, and these recent reports are confirming those speculations. If the rumors are true that Daryl Johnston is taking over as President of Football Operations within this new merged league, it makes sense to see Ross step away.
Other XFL Departures
In addition to Marc Ross, the Houston Roughnecks parted ways with a couple of their sales staff members:
In addition, a couple of @XFLRoughnecks staff have also parted ways, including:
Travis Watkins – Director of Sales & Experience Ellie Pardee – Director of Sponsorship Sales
There have been plenty of conversations surrounding what happens with the Houston Roughnecks and Houston Gamblers. A merger clearly can’t feature both teams. Sources have indicated that the Gamblers have a better chance at sticking around, and these early moves could be signs of things to come.
Matt Mallian announced his departure from the XFL this past week as well. He served with the Arlington Renegades as their Director of Communications and Media Relations.
Excited to announce that I have started a new position as Director of Events Marketing and Public Relations with @REVentertnmt!
With an imminent USFL-XFL merger on the horizon, keep an eye on personnel between both leagues. As made evident by these recent discoveries, the XFL seems to be losing more staff compared to the USFL so far.
I've been hearing to keep a lookout for "big" #XFL cuts in the near future
That's about all I know now, but I'll keep you updated as more develops