Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott
Throughout his career as a student-athlete, professional athlete, and sports executive, Larry Scott has been a game changer: a bold, innovative leader with a vision for transformative change — from expansion and revitalization of the Pac-12 to equal prize money at Wimbledon. Commissioner Scott’s firm belief that sport has the power to be a force for positive change has been the hallmark of his career.
In his nine years as Pac-12 Commissioner, Scott has orchestrated a rebranding of the conference; led the conference through an expansion for the first time since 1978 by successfully adding Colorado and Utah; added a Football Championship Game; transformed its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments into must-attend events; created a Student-Athlete Health & Well Being Initiative to identify ways to reduce injuries and conduct research to keep student-athletes as safe as possible; launched a global initiative that has expanded the conference’s and members’ footprint around the world, including through the first ever regular season men’s basketball game in China.
Scott has also led a transformation of the conference’s media posture by delivering record revenue, dramatically increasing exposure for women’s and Olympic sports, and establishing ever-evolving digital and mobile platforms for Pac-12 content. To achieve these goals, he delivered a landmark media rights agreement with ESPN and FOX and created Pac-12 Networks, the first-ever integrated media company owned by a collegiate conference.
Commissioner Scott has led the way in ensuring that Pac-12 universities’ academic missions and the development of student-athletes remain the primary focus of intercollegiate athletics. Through a series of reforms, Pac-12 schools have committed to enhanced student-athlete benefits, including increasing scholarship limits to cover the full cost of attending college and adding student-athletes to the conference’s formal governance structure.
Prior to joining the Pac-12, Scott served for six years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Sony Ericsson Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour, where he helped generate unprecedented growth and popularity for women’s professional tennis on a global scale, including achieving the long-sought goal of equal prize money for women in tennis’ Grand Slam events. Prior to that, Scott served as Chief Operating Officer and President of ATP Properties at the ATP men’s professional tennis tour, following having played tennis professionally on the ATP circuit.