XFL Confirms team for Birmingham to play at Legion
Three Key Football Professionals to Key Posts
CT ( August 1, 2000) – The XFL, a new professional football
league jointly owned and operated by World Wrestling Federation
Entertainment, Inc. (NMS: WWFE) and NBC, announced today that
Birmingham, Alabama will be home to an XFL team when the league
begins play in February 2001. The XFL also announced today that
Tim Berryman will be the team’s Vice President and
General Manager, Gerry DiNardo will be the Head Coach,
and Bob Gates will serve as Player Personnel Director.
The Birmingham franchise, which will be named at a later date,
will play five regular-season home games at Legion Field.
“Birmingham has been
left out of the professional football mix for much too long. We
believe that it is a strong football market and we’re excited
about having the XFL play here,” said Basil V. DeVito, Jr., President
of the XFL. “Birmingham has knowledgeable fans that know their
football, and we’re confident that they will enjoy and appreciate
the product that we put on the field.”
Tim Berryman joined
the XFL from Arkansas Sports Entertainment where he was Co-founder,
Co-owner, and General Manager of the Arkansas RiverBlades (East
Coast Hockey League) and the Arkansas Twisters (arenafootball2).
There he wrote business plans, commissioned market feasibility
studies, and oversaw all aspects of the Twisters launch including
facility lease, ticket pricing, marketing, and budgets. From 1995
– 1998, Berryman was the Co-founder, Co-Owner, and Vice President
of Entertainment Ventures Associates, the company that brought
the Louisiana IceGators of the East Coast Hockey League to Louisiana
in 1995. From 1984 –1995, Berryman held various marketing and
executive positions with America’s Research Group and Xerox Corporation.
A former linebacker for the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa
Rough Riders and Toronto Argonauts, Berryman was the first player
selected in the Canadian Football League draft in 1976.
Gerry DiNardo was
the Head Coach at Louisiana State University from 1995-1998. There
he took the Tigers to three straight Bowl victories from 1995-1997.
Prior to his four years at LSU, DiNardo was the Head Coach at
Vanderbilt from 1991- 1994, where he was named SEC Coach of the
Year and Kodak Regional Coach of the Year in 1991. From 1982-1990,
DiNardo was the Assistant Coach at Colorado University, which
won the National Championship in 1990. In addition to winning
a National Championship as an Assistant Coach, DiNardo also won
one as a player for University of Notre Dame in 1973. He was an
offensive guard for the Fighting Irish from 1972-1974.
Pro Personnel Director
Bob Gates brings 37 years of football experience on all levels
of competition to the XFL. Most recently, Gates held the position
of Football Operations Manager with the London Monarchs of NFL
Europe. Prior to that he served as Assistant General Manager of
the Birmingham Fire of the World League of American Football.
Gates has also served as a scout for both the National Football
League and Canadian Football League.