Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott is stepping down on the finish of June, ending an 11-year tenure by which the convention landed a transformational billion greenback tv deal however struggled to maintain up with a few of its Energy 5 friends when it got here to income and publicity.
The Pac-12 introduced Wednesday night time that the 56-year-old Scott and college presidents who make up the league’s govt committee mutually agreed that he wouldn’t search a brand new contract.
“It’s been fairly the wonderful journey,” Scott informed AP. “There’s lots of change occurring in school sports activities. There’s been lots of change in our convention. I’m prepared for the subsequent chapter.”
Scott’s present deal was set to run out June 2022, however as a substitute he’ll end out this tutorial 12 months to help with the transition to his successor.
Scott stated the choice got here collectively shortly after a routine assembly with the Pac-12′s govt committee final week.
“There’s by no means an ideal time, however this felt fairly good,” Scott stated.
Scott got here to the Pac-12 in 2009 with no expertise as a university sports activities administrator after 20 years working in skilled tennis, together with a stint because the chairman and CEO of the Girls’s Tennis Affiliation. He changed Tom Hansen in 2009.
“We respect Larry’s pioneering efforts in rising the convention by including new aggressive college packages and accelerating the Pac-12 to tv community parity with the opposite conferences,” College of Oregon President Michael Schill stated in an announcement. “At one level, our tv settlement was probably the most profitable within the nation and the debut of the Pac-12 Community helped ship our championship model to US and international markets on conventional and digital platforms. That stated, the intercollegiate athletics market doesn’t stay static and now is an effective time to herald a brand new chief who will assist us develop our go-forward technique.”
Beneath Scott, the Pac-10 grew to become the Pac-12 by including Colorado and Utah in 2011 and created a soccer championship recreation. The additions helped the convention safe a 12-year $three billion media rights take care of Fox and ESPN that set the usual within the school sports activities market on the time.
That transfer got here after Scott made a daring try and raid the Large 12, at first attempting to woo Texas and 5 different colleges to create a 16-team convention after which once more circling again on Texas and Oklahoma.
Scott’s grandest plans by no means got here to fruition. The additions did assist the convention safe a 12-year, $three billion media rights take care of Fox and ESPN. The contract set the usual within the school sports activities market in 2011 and introduced Pac-12 soccer unprecedented nationwide TV publicity. The Pac-12 additionally agreed to equal income sharing for the primary time underneath the brand new deal.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott stepping down at end of June initially appeared on NBCSports.com