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Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott receives contract extension

The Pac-12 board of directors, which consists of all 12 university presidents voted unanimously to extend commissioner Larry Scott's contract through 2016 with future options.

This was pretty much a no-brainer considering the financial package he's brought to the conference with the television deal. As we folks in the media like to say, Scott "gets it." The man is smart. He has a vision for the conference and also a plan .... now if he can just do something about the refereeing.

From the press release ...

WALNUT CREEK, CALIF. - The Pac-12 Board of Directors, consisting of all 12 university presidents, unanimously extended the contract of Commissioner Larry Scott through 2016 with options to add additional years in the future, it was announced today.

During his first two years, Scott orchestrated a rebranding of the Conference with messages of innovation, excellence, and the advantages of West Coast location at its core, and led it through expansion for the first time since 1978. His leadership efforts helped deliver equal revenue sharing for the first time in Conference history, secure a landmark media rights agreement with FOX and ESPN and led to the creation of the Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Digital Network. Most recently, Scott has developed a globalization initiative that will allow the Conference to pursue new frontiers for the member institutions. The initiative has started with the Pac-12 exploring athletic, academic and cultural exchanges in China.

“My fellow board members and I are delighted to have reached a long-term agreement with the commissioner to continue his excellent work on behalf of the Pac-12,” said Ed Ray, President of Oregon State University and Chairman of the Pac-12 Board. “We are on the brink of a period of extraordinary accomplishment and excellence throughout the Pac-12 and Larry’s continued leadership and vision for the Conference are critical elements in realizing that potential.”

Scott, 47, became the sixth commissioner of the Conference on July 1, 2009. He came to collegiate athletics after serving six years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour (Women's Tennis Association), where he helped generate unprecedented growth and popularity for women's professional tennis on a global scale.

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