The President of entertainment and Sports for the MGM Resorts, George Kliavkoff, will be the next commissioner of the Pac-12. Kliavoff will begin as the commissioner on July 1st, and it will be the start of a five-year contract. Kliavkoff is thrilled to be the commissioner.
“I am thrilled to be the Pac-12 Commissioner. This is a challenging time for intercollegiate athletics, but I believe these challenges also create significant opportunities,” Kliavkoff said in a statement. “I loved being a student-athlete, and I’m passionate about the doors that college sports and higher education open for young women and men. My job at the Pac-12 will be to help manage the balance between continued academic excellence, student-athlete well-being, and an even higher level of athletic achievement.”
Larry Scott has been the Pac-12 commissioner since 2019 and will leave at the end of June, with a year left on his contract. Scott is said to help with the commissioner transition.
Kliavkoff favors expanding the College Football Playoff and wants to implement the guidelines for name and image likeness. “I want to go on the record that the Pac-12 is in favor of both the expansion of the College Football Playoff’s four teams and the implementation of consistent guidelines for name, image and likeness,” Kliavkoff said during his introductory news conference. “We think that both CFB expansion and NIL legislation are good for college sports fans, good for our student-athletes, and can be a significant competitive advantage for the Pac-12.”
I think the hiring of Kliavkoff is an excellent move for the Pac-12. He brings credibility and money to the table for Pac-12. Working in Las Vegas, Kliavkoff knows what draws attention. Kiliavkoff will have a hand, improving the Pac-12 non-conference schedule. We could see Pac-12 school playing more big names in the non-conference schedule.
The new commissioner will also look into improving the conference’s revenue and recruiting. He also could address kickoff times to get more eyes on the Pac-12. The Pac-12 made an intelligent hire now; let’s sit back and watch the conference get better.