The XFL has turned to sports-events industry veteran Erik Moses to become president of its team in Washington, D.C. Moses most recently served as senior vice president and managing director of sports, entertainment and special events for Events DC.

The Washington team will be one of eight initial franchises in the XFL, a professional football league started by WWE founder Vince McMahon that will launch in February 2020. The team will play its home games at Audi Field, home to the city’s MLS team. Moses will oversee fan engagement and business operations, including, ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, content, communications, community relations and the game-day experience.

“Vince McMahon and I welcome Erik to the XFL family and know he is the right executive to help lead the way for us in our nation’s capital,” said Jeffrey Pollack, XFL president and COO. “Erik understands what makes DC tick and he will help the XFL connect meaningfully with football fans and the local community.”

In his role with Events DC since 2009, Moses worked to attract major events to the district’s venues, including Nationals Park, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, the DC Armory, RFK Festival Grounds, the Entertainment & Sports Arena, Gateway DC Pavilion and RISE Demonstration Center. He also led Events DC’s corporate partnerships initiative. Before the 2009 merger that created Events DC, Moses was CEO of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission from June 2008 to September 2009. He also oversaw the completion of construction at Nationals Park, the development of the Military Bowl and the creation and launch of the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic, and was the catalyst behind the public-private partnership that developed the Skate Park at RFK Stadium.

“I’m excited to join the XFL and help build a new type of sports league that focuses on innovation, affordable entertainment and family fun,” said Moses. “I am grateful to my colleagues at Events DC and our city’s leadership for allowing me to represent this town’s sports and entertainment industry for the past 10 years. I can think of no better next step than to work with this great community to establish the XFL in D.C. and across the entire Washington region and cultivate a passionate, loyal fan base for our team.”