Pac-12 picks MGM executive Kliavkoff as next commissioner

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The Pac-12 hired George Kliavkoff to be the conference’s next commissioner Thursday, replacing Larry Scott with another college sports outsider and charging him with rebuilding the football brand.

Kliavkoff has been the president of sports and entertainment for MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas since 2018.

University of Oregon President Michael H. Schill, the chairman of the Pac-12’s five-member search committee, called Kliavkoff “a highly experienced and pioneering sports, entertainment and digital media executive.”

Kliavkoff, 54, has previously worked with Major League Baseball Advanced Media and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, and was also the chief digital officer with NBC Universal Cable.

“He is very much a new prototype for sports commissioner,” Schill said. “He is the sort of person we need for this decade and the decades beyond. Even without serving a day in the job, George has thoughtfully challenged us to envision what is possible for the Pac-12. What is possible for the coming era of new technologies and media.”

The Pac-12 university presidents conducted a secretive nearly four-month search with the executive search firm, TurnkeyZRG.

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