Pac-12 introduces Kliavkoff as next commissioner

Pac-12 announces conference-only schedule for all fall sports in 2020
Pac-12 announces conference-only schedule for all fall sports in 2020

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Pac-12 hired sports entertainment executive George Kliavkoff to be the conference’s next commissioner, replacing Larry Scott with a person with a similar resume short on college sports experience.

The conference presidents conducted a secretive nearly four-month search that included speculation about some familiar names in college sports being considered, such as former NCAA executive and NFL quarterback Oliver Luck, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and Texas AD Chris Del Conte.

Instead, the Pac-12’s next commissioner comes to the conference with no experience as an administrator in college sports. Kliavkoff has been in his current role with MGM since 2018 and has extensive experience with professional sports leagues and digital properties.

In a press conference Thursday Kliavkoff discussed the importance of getting the Pac-12 Network on every platform, and the importance of the expansion of the College Football Playoff.