Who is new XFL New York President Janet Duch?
A longtime member of the MSG family, Janet brings her unique skills to an already unique league
It was announced earlier today that former New York Giant offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride will become the New York coach for the XFL. That wasn’t the only announcement that was made, however. Commissioner Oliver Luck announced that Janet Duch will be the President of the unnamed New York team.
“Vince, Oliver and I are happy to welcome Janet to the XFL and know that she and Coach Gilbride will successfully deliver an outstanding gameday experience,” said Jeffrey Pollack, XFL President and Chief Operating Officer. “Janet has a seasoned understanding of New York sports fans and the skills required to help us quickly connect with the community.”
“It’s a great privilege to help lead the XFL’s New York team and help evolve the football experience, on and off the field,” said Duch. “I’m excited for the opportunity to build a new organization and engage the passionate football fans we have in the tri-state area. Our mission is to bring fans closer to the game they love.”
A New Jersey resident, Janet received her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Janet’s experience within the industry made her hiring a no-brainer. Before joining the XFL, Janet was the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for On Location Experiences, a hospitality organization. Before that, she worked inside Madison Square Garden for 18 years as a Senior Vice President for both the New York Rangers and Knicks. Janet helped innovate the in-game experience for fans like entertainment, merchandise and other initiatives.
“I believe when it comes to what New York fans want from their teams, it is hard work, grit, heart and community tradition,” Janet stated. “We want to appeal to all of our fans.”
What makes her valuable? Janet’s experience has been rewarded in many ways. She was named to the Sports Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list in 2015, as well as same in the Leaders in Sports’ list. In a league looking to start fresh after their initial 2001 run, Janet’s unique skill set gives the New York team and the XFL as a whole something to build on.
Janet is ready and willing to grow the New York XFL team from the ground up. Her determination and desire are what got the attention of the XFL, and she is excited to show fans, and the league, what she is capable of.
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