Pac-12 hires MGM's George Kliavkoff as commissioner

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Pac-12 hires MGM's George Kliavkoff as commissioner originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Larry Scott will officially no longer be running the Pac-12 conference.

After Scott agreed to resign in January, the Pac-12 has found his replacement in George Kliavkoff, the president of MGM Resorts per Jon Wilner of Bay Area News.

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The Pac-12 confirmed it via a release shortly after.

Kliavkoff’s appointment was supported by a unanimous vote of all Pac-12 presidents and chancellors. His five-year contract begins July 1.

“I am thrilled to be the Pac-12 Commissioner," he said. "This is a challenging time for intercollegiate athletics, but I believe these challenges also create significant opportunities,” Kliavkoff said. “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.”

Kliavkoff joined MGM in 2018 where he was "responsible for the operations, finance, strategy, booking, marketing, sponsorships and ticketing for MGM Resorts' more than 30 theaters, showrooms and arenas, including T-Mobile Arena (home of the NHL Vegas Golden Knights), MGM Grand Garden, Mandalay Bay Events Center, the Mandalay Bay Beach, Park Theater, the Theater at MGM National Harbor and the MassMutual Center at MGM Springfield," MGM said via a release at the time.

The new Pac-12 Commissioner holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Boston University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law.

He has prior media experience too serving as CEO of Jaunt Inc, Co-President at Hearst Entertainment & Syndication, Chief Digital Officer at NBC Universal and Executive Vice President of Business for Major League Baseball Advanced Media. The failure of the Pac-12 Network was a key factor in Scott's inability to lead the Pac-12 and the ADs wanted someone who could negotiate the media rights deals in 18 months.

The Pac-12 made $250 million less than the Big Ten and $190 million less than the SEC in total revenue during the 2019 season. Perhaps Kliavkoff can change that.