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Former DC Defenders President Erik Moses Will Not Return

Erik Moses out as Defenders President

Former DC Defenders team president Erik Moses has decided not to return to the team and will reportedly become the president of the Nashville Superspeedway, owned by Dover Motorsports.

Moses is the first XFL team president to publicly announce they will not be returning to the league. The purchase out of bankruptcy went official yesterday as Dany Garcia, Dwayne Johnson, and Gerry Cardinale of RedBird Capital were ceremoniously handed the proverbial keys to the kingdom.

Dover Motorsports, Inc COO Mike Tatoian met Moses when they were both on the board in DC for the Military Bowl, and became instant friends.

Moses has been involved in the sports world in the nation’s capital for over a decade as senior vice president at Events DC, and as DC’s commissioner and chief advocate of sports, entertainment, and live events.

Moses will be a major loss to the league, as he was one of the best when it came to marketing the team. The Defenders’ ticket sales were among the top in the XFL, averaging over 16,000 fans.

Their social media presence was also one the best last season, which is still in its infancy in the marketing world. Even though you wouldn’t know that if you followed their social accounts.

The Defenders were atop the East in the standings at the time the league postponed their season. Their record was 3-2, but the home record was 3-0, which says a lot about the atmosphere at the stadium.

The timing is a bit strange though, this comes on the heels of not only the official takeover by Alpha Acquico, but also the day after QB Cardale Jones’s workout with the Raiders.

But at this point that it’s merely speculation, as this move could have been in the works for months now.

The Nashville Superspeedway needs a lot of work to get it back in shape for a NASCAR to return, and while it’s a shame to see him go, Erik Moses is undoubtedly very capable of completing that task, and more. The Cup series, who has never run there, is tentatively scheduled to do so in September 2021.

Moses had this to say about the opportunity:

“This is going to be a challenge, but I view it as an opportunity regardless simply because there hasn’t been racing (at Nashville Superspeedway) in 10 years. To restart something is the kind of professional challenge that I look forward to. It’s fantastic to know that fans are wanting this back and wanting NASCAR Cup Series back. The drivers — they’re the show — and they have said they want the Cup Series back in Nashville. If they want to be in Nashville we’re going to make certain that we provide the best show possible.”

From Mike Organ Nashville Tennessean

Moses becomes the first black man to be named president at any NASCAR-sanctioned track. More evidence that a positive change is on its way in the sport of racing.

He will be missed in DC, but best of luck, sir.

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