The President of the XFL will be the executive in charge
of the day-to-day operations and development of the XFL. The position
is a logical extension of a long career covering a broad cross-section
of the sports industry.
DeVito recently returned to the World Wrestling Federation after
spending 18 months working on the formation and launch of the
National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA). There, he served
as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Television, for the organization
created to govern and oversee horse racing.
In his 12-plus years with the World Wrestling Federation, DeVito
has been involved with virtually every area of the company's business.
His areas of supervision have included TV syndication, advertising,
sponsorship, public relations, live event sales and pay-per-view,
and when he left for the NTRA, DeVito oversaw the World Wrestling
Federation's day-to-day operations as a senior level executive.
Before joining the World Wrestling Federation, DeVito was director
of syndication for WTTV-TV in Indianapolis, Indiana. Among his
duties were the syndication of Indiana University basketball and
serving as co-producer of IU basketball coach Bob Knight's television
show. In 1984, he packaged a nine-game exhibition series between
the U.S. Olympic Team, featuring Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing,
and groups of National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Stars,
headed by Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Isaiah Thomas. DeVito
initially worked in Indianapolis as director of marketing for
the NBA's Indiana Pacers.
DeVito's first job after graduating from Ohio University with
a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's in sports administration
was in the sales division of Procter & Gamble. As part of
the master's degree program, DeVito worked on an internship in
the office of National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Pete
Rozelle, where he was part of the advance team for the 1978 Pro
Bowl in Tampa, Florida.
DeVito currently resides in Weston, Connecticut with his wife,
Tina and their sons, Alexander and Zachary.