Pac-12 Conference Extends Commissioner Larry Scott's Contract Through '17-18
The Pac-12 yesterday announced that it has extended Commissioner LARRY SCOTT’s contract through the '17-18 academic year. As part of the extension, the CEO Group also named Scott Exec Chair of Pac-12 Enterprises (Pac-12). CBSSPORTS.com's Chip Patterson noted Scott's tenure as commissioner has "included some of the most significant changes in the conference's history." The Pac-12 has "expanded, started an annual football championship game and launched both a cable and digital network since Scott took over" in July '09. His most recent expansions efforts "have not included adding universities but instead taking the Pac-12 experience overseas with the Pac-12 Globalization Initiative" (CBSSPORTS.com, 11/4). ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel writes Scott's extension "comes as no surprise." Scott has "taken a perfectly respectable conference and turned it into a financial powerhouse." Maisel: "But I would be gobsmacked if Scott stayed for the next four-plus years. Scott strikes me as a climber always looking for another mountain. And I don’t mean that in a negative way" (ESPN.com, 11/5).