Forbes reports that Daryl Johnston has been named the new president of the USFL, replacing Brian Woods. Johnston is the only NFL announcer on a national network who also serves as an executive in a sports league.
As the USFL’s President of Football Operations, Johnston will oversee the league’s second year, which begins its 10-week season on April 15. The promotion makes Johnston the highest-ranking member of the USFL, as the league does not have a commissioner.
Balancing his roles with both the NFL and USFL, Johnston has been praised for his organizational skills and experience
“Originally the league’s vice president, Johnson assumed the USFL presidency after Brian Woods left the role to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. He oversees everything from scouting to video, equipment and field conditions.”
Johnston’s background as general manager of the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football (beginning in 2018) and director of player personnel for the XFL’s Dallas Renegades (beginning in 2019) made him a suitable candidate for the USFL. With FOX’s significant financial stake in the league, the USFL is on stable footing.
After retiring from a successful NFL career, Johnston opted for a football broadcasting career, which began in NFL Europe. Despite enjoying broadcasting, he missed the competition from his playing days, leading him to front-office roles with the Alliance and the XFL. With his extensive experience, some speculate that Johnston could become an NFL general manager in the future.
Johnston appreciates the impact the USFL has on players’ lives, providing them with additional opportunities to play professional football. As the USFL enters its second year, rule changes and expanded locations aim to enhance the game experience. Johnston’s unique journey from player to broadcaster to top league executive continues to shape his involvement in the sport he loves.